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PNG PM Marape leads Delegation to Indonesia

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape is leading a huge delegation to Indonesia to hold bilateral talks with Indonesia. 

The group departed for Jakarta this morning on a chartered Air Niugini flight.

PNG PM Marape leads Delegation to Indonesia 

The visit comes at the invitation of President Joko Widodo. 

The delegation comprises key sectors - Forestry, Fisheries, Energy, the Kumul companies, and Investment Promotion Authority, including people from within the business community. 

In Jakarta, both leaders will hold dialogue meetings, where Mr Marape is expected to propose a tri-partite arrangement between PNG, Indonesia and Australia.

The tri-partite arrangement will be the key point in discussions on mutual security, border protection, trade and others. 

Prime Minister James Marape before departure stated in a statement that Indonesia has a big economy and a population of over 270 million people, that PNG has been under-utilising in the past, and this must be fully utilized now.

The state visit goes ahead despite the opposition leader Belden Namah questioning the Prime Minister in Parliament last week.

Mr. Marape in his response told the House, the state visit would be made after the elections.

The delegation returns on Friday, 1st April 2022.

NBC News / PNG Today

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