Governor visits closest neighbour PNG

Queensland Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC and Mrs Kaye de Jersey have undertaken an official visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 16 – 18 May 2016 to promote Queensland internationally, and to develop and foster Queensland-PNG business and trade relationships.

Queensland shares an international border with PNG – Australia’s closest neighbour – and in 2014-2015, Queensland accounted for over 40 percent of Australia’s merchandise exports to the nation.

While in PNG, the Governor:

  • Was received by the Honourable Peter O'Neill MP, Prime Minister of PNG;

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  • Officially launched the Sport Fishing for Sustainable Livelihoods Research Hub and attended a reception hosted by James Cook University and PNG National Fisheries Authority;

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  • Toured a Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Family and Sexual Violence Unit Facility in Port Moresby – an initiative supported by the Australian Government;

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  • Met Papua New Guinea National and Supreme Court Judges;

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  • Attended a reception in support of Queensland’s trade, investment and cultural interests in PNG hosted by the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Bruce Davis;

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  • Laid a wreath at Bomana War Cemetery;

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  • Met and farewelled a tour group departing on the Kokoda Trail;

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  • Toured the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery; and

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  • Toured the National Football Stadium which is currently being redeveloped by a Queensland-based company.

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Prior to departing Queensland, on Sunday 15 May 2016, in Cairns, the Governor also officially opened the 32nd Australia-Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo.