Governor- General Sir Michael welcomes envoys to country

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The National – Thursday, June 30, 2011

THE warm hospitality and friendly disposition of our peoples is one of many similarities that can be drawn between Papua New Guinea and Brazil despite the vast distance that the Pacific Ocean imposes upon us, Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio said on Tuesday.
He made the comment while accepting the credentials of Brazil Ambassador to PNG Rubem Antonio Correa Barbosa in Port Moresby.
“Brazil and PNG’s relations in the global community is based on the promotion of global peace and security though the observance of international law.
“Our two countries are rich in natural resources such as minerals, gas, oil, timber, fish, which we need to exploit rationally and at the same time be conscious of the need to make them a sustainable foundation for economic growth guided by the principles of market competition and development.
“In addition to our vibrant democratic spirit and dynamic economies, both our countries have unique and extraordinary natural and cultural heritages, acquired over generations and constitute the driving force of our national identity and of the role we want to play in the global community,” Sir Michael said.
He said as a young nation, PNG’s potential was at the threshold to make greater advancements with expertise and technological support from friendly nations like Brazil, Australia, US, China and others.
Ambassador Barbosa said he was excited to be in PNG and assured Sir Michael that both countries would continue to work together by helping each other.
“We will help PNG in every way we can in terms of technology, tourism and other sectors of development that it requires,” he said.
Earlier yesterday Sir Michael received the credentials of Cuban Ambassador Pedro Monzon Barata.