News 21 Feb 2020
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Hon. James Marape arrived in New Zealand today, announced Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern.
"New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have a warm and friendly relationship. I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Marape here and strengthening the relationship between our two countries," Jacinda Ardern said.
"Our close relationship is important during a time of global change and turbulence. Most recently, we have worked together on aspects of our response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the safe return of Papua New Guinean students from Wuhan," Jacinda Ardern said.
The visit is an effort to increase New Zealand's engagement with Papua New Guinea as part of the country's Pacific Reset policy as well as discuss shared regional interests and New Zealand's support to the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership.
This is Prime Minister Marape's first visit to New Zealand. He is accompanied by his wife Mrs Rachel Marape and a delegation that includes the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Sam Basil.
Prime Minister Marape visit to New Zealand was initially scheduled for November 2019 but was then postponed.
Image: Papua New Guinea Prime Minster Hon. James Marape. Source: RNZ Pacific