Strengthening Ties with Papua New Guinea

Media Release


08 November 2013

Australia's ties with Papua New Guinea have been bolstered with the first meeting of transport Ministers of the two nations since the Government was elected.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, met with his PNG counterpart the Hon Ano Pala, Minister for Transport, in Brisbane today.

“With PNG our closest neighbour a strong and close relationship is important for the whole region,” Mr Truss said.

“Today's meeting is a valuable opportunity to confirm our commitment to capacity building activities across Papua New Guinea transport agencies following the formal integration of the Transport Safety and Security Programme Component 2, which commenced on 1 July.

“Our partnership is ongoing and coming together regularly is key to delivering the Programme which runs through to June 2018.

“The programme fosters capacity building in coming years across transport safety and security, aviation, maritime and land transport.

“I have congratulated Minister Pala on the recent launch of the PNG National Transport Strategy. The bringing together of the Safety and Security elements of the Transport Sector Support Programme, the Strongim Gavman Programme and the Australia-PNG Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Transport Sector complements and supports the new PNG transport sector vision.

“As neighbours and friends it is vital we continue to cooperate closely and enhance the capacity and capability of our transport systems.

“I look forward to future meetings between our nations.”

The Transport Senior Officials' Meeting is an annual meeting between senior Australian and PNG transport officials to discuss challenges facing both countries' transport organisations and to discuss capacity development projects managed under the Australia-PNG Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Transport Sector. It is co-chaired by Secretary Mike Mrdak, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and Secretary Roy Mumu, PNG Government, Department of Transport.