Sen Thistlethwaite with highland dancers

The Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Senator Matt Thistlethwaite, visited Papua New Guinea from 14-18 April.

“My first official visit to Papua New Guinea, Australia’s closest neighbour and one of our most important international partners, has been very productive” Senator Thistlethwaite said.

“Fostering a close and prosperous relationship with Papua New Guinea is a key part of my role as Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs.”

While in Papua New Guinea, Senator Thistlethwaite met a number of senior Ministers, including Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato, and attended the 29th Australia-PNG Business Forum and Trade Expo.

“It is clear that trade and investment is playing a central role in Papua New Guinea’s economic growth and development,” Senator Thistlethwaite said.

“The Forum has highlighted the opportunities available to business in Papua New Guinea and Australia.”

Senator Thistlethwaite also represented Australia at the 8th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting and highlighted Australia’s achievements as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office.

Senator Thistlethwaite paid a visit to the Pacific Adventist University to inspect the School of Midwifery, which is supported by Australia’s aid program to PNG, and laid a wreath at the Bomana War Cemetery.

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