Foreign policy way off yet

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The National, Friday 17th May 2013

 PAPUA New Guinea does not have a current foreign policy, Parliament was told yesterday.

Responding to Southern Highlands Governor William Powi’s concerns about a foreign policy direction, Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato said a draft was completed but needed to be further reviewed.

“The policy has been reviewed in the past 10 years by consultants, including some very smart Papua New Guineans and the process has been completed,” he said.

“My intention is to bring the draft foreign policy paper to be endorsed by cabinet. 

“But after going through it, I feel it should be further reviewed.

“Some important aspects like capacity-building, investing in stronger economies and where to obtain funding need to be included in it and there needs to be clear goals and aspirations outlined,” Pato said.