PAPUA, TruePapua.com – With a view to the promotion of cooperation for regional prosperity, Foreign Ministers of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea met in New York on 21 September 2016 to discus about various opportunities to achieve their common interests.
In this meeting, Indonesian Foreign Minister says that as neigbours and friends, closed relations between Indonesia and PNG is a natural thing.
In the context of regional organisations, such as MSG, PIF, and PIDF, both ministers agreed to improve coordination in defending issues of their common interests.
In this connection, PNG Foreign Minister hopes that Indonesia continue to support various activities of capacity-building in MSG countries, in particular the capacity building program for MSG Secretariate.
In response, Indonesian Foreign Minister says that as a big country in the region, Indonesia will always be ready to contribute in the promotion of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.
Both Ministers also agreed on the importance of promoting the development and management of frontiers towns. They welcome the meetings on 7-10 November 2016 at Port Moresby for following up the efforts related to management of frontiers as previously discussed by both countries, such as Border Liason Meeting (BLM), Joint Border Committee (JBC), and various Joint Sub Committee meetings.
Responding to PNG Government’s to establish schools of foreign languanges, one of which is Bahasa Indonesia, in PNG, Indonesian Foreign Minister said, the establishment of such schools would enhance mutual understanding and closer relationship through ‘people to people contact’ between the two nations.
From 1999 to August 2016, there have been 276 people from PNG participating in 105 programs of technical cooperation and capacity building granted by Indonesian Government in the fields of batik making, Protocol matters, food production, multimedia, artisanal, tourism, automotive, peatland forest cultivation, and coastal restoration.
Those programs are the reflection of part of US$20 million Indonesian commitment to the improvement of capacity building in the Pacific countries for the period of 2014-2019.