Visit to PNG

Media Release

DC298/2017

05 October 2017

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester will join Transport Ministers in Port Moresby this week for the 10th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting.

Mr Chester said he would be seeking to advance Australia's interests at the meeting, with a strong focus on strengthening international collaboration on key transport matters to better support trade and movement of goods.

“This meeting will bring some of Australia's most important trading partners together—including China, Indonesia, the United States, and Japan—allowing us to discuss some of the most pressing transport-related issues for the Asia-Pacific community,” Mr Chester said.

“I will be holding bilateral meetings with our Asia-Pacific neighbours, and I am particularly looking forward to meeting with the host, Papua New Guinea's Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon. Westly Nukundi Nukundj.

“I intend to sign an agreement to strengthen the aviation relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

“Aviation safety and security remains one of the Australia Government's highest priorities, and exchanging information on measures and methods between APEC neighbours will help strengthen our aviation network,” Mr Chester said.

The APEC meeting is being held in Papua New Guinea, 6–7 October.