By ZACHERY PER
AUSTRALIAN High Commissioner Ian Kemish praised the PNG Institute of Medical Research Institute (PNGIMR) in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province, for quality medical research.
“I am really impressed with the high quality of researches being carried out by PNGIMR after a visit to the institute last week,” Mr Kemish said.
The newly-appointed High Commissioner to PNG was accompanied by AusAID minister councillor Stephanie Copus-Campbell, his wife Roxanne Martens and second secretary-AHC and foreign affairs Louise Baker to PNGIMR to see some of Australia’s input to the institute.
Mr Kemish described PNGIMR as one of those widely acknowledged for high quality research work and sound financial management and governance.
He noted that assistance coming directly from Australia to PNGIMR had not gone to waste as the excellent upkeep and high quality standard of facilities and arrangements were testimony of this.
“We are committed to ensure PNGIMR continues to benefit from Australia in future, as researches done at the institute are very important to support and sustain the lives of human beings,” he said.
PNGIMR director Prof Peter Siba expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Australia for their continuous support and assistance to the institute.
“PNGIMR has been one of the recipients of Australian government funds through the incentive programme and the current core research support.”