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Awareness Workshop promotes Papua New Guinea – European Union trade relations

Mr Ernest Mona Abel - Trade Affairs and Investment Facilitation
 Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea
delivers a presentation on behalf of the EU Delegation to members 
of the private sector."- Photograph courtesy of the Department 
of Trade, Commerce and Industry
A private sector awareness workshop on the Economic Partnership Agreement concluded between Papua 
New Guinea and the European Union was recently organised by the Department of Trade, Commerce and 
Industry with support from the European Union Delegation. 
The workshop aimed to raise awareness on the trade agreement, which provides for completely free market 
access for all products made in Papua New Guinea. 
The workshop was the occasion to gather input from the private sector in preparation of the 4th meeting of 
the EPA Trade Committee scheduled to take place in in Brussels from 23 – 24 June 2015. Minister for the 
Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry Hon. Richard Maru will attend the EU – ACP joint trade 
ministerial and meet with the European Union Commissioner for Trade HE Mrs Cecilia Malmström. 
EU Ambassador Martin Dihm in his opening remarks expressed the Union's commitment to further 
strengthen the Union's trade relations with Papua New Guinea (PNG), "The European Union seeks to 
encourage and support private sector in Papua New Guinea to contribute to responsible, sustainable 
development. We stand ready to help with the improvement of the policy environment for the private sector 
so that it is easier to trade, invest and create many more jobs, while respecting environmental and social 
"The main objective of the workshop is to raise awareness on the trade agreement between Papua New 
guinea and the European Union and to inform companies and business organisations to better understand 
how the Union's trade system is organised, in particular the procedures to follow when exporting to the its 
Ambassador Dihm said 'the trade agreement (EPA) has delivered strong benefits in terms of investments and 
jobs for Papua New Guineans with exports increasing considerably following the conclusion of the Trade 
Agreement five years ago'. The European Union is currently the single largest importer of Papua New Guinea's non mineral exports in 
particular, agricultural and fishery products. 
Two presentations were made during the workshop, on the state of play of EPA implementation and on an 
Export Helpdesk available to Papua New Guinea exporters seeking to get information about markets, 
procedures and conditions in Europe. The website address open to all to use is, 
The workshop was attended by representatives from PNG Business Council, Manufacturing Council of PNG, 
EU PNG Business Council, PNG Palm Oil Council, PNG Forest Industries Association, PNG Fishing Industries 
Association, Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council, and individual company representatives in 
the palm oil industry, fishing industry, timber industry, manufacturing industry, agriculture industry, Exxon 
Mobil and representatives from government agencies and department - Investment Promotion Authority 
and the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry.

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