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Papua New Guinea's 'trupla' leading Daily Newspaper Since 1969.The Post-Courier is proud of its record as the voice of PNG. We were there when the nation took its first bold steps towards independence. Since that time, we have fearlessly recorded the nation's progress.

BY GORETHY KENNETH

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to set the tone for his Government in Papua New Guinea to define together with Prime Minister James Marape both countries’ future relationship.

Macron, who’s completed his State visit in New Caledonia has left Vanuatu today and is now on his last leg of Pacific tour to Port Moresby, PNG.

Accompanying Macron are a bevy of ministers which include Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, Overseas and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, Armed Forces Minister Sébastien Lecornu and Citizenship Minister Sonia Backes (the leader of New Caledonia’s anti-independence Loyalist coalition, who is the President of New Caledonia’s Southern Province, and serves in the government in Paris).

The President is in Vanuatu today and will leave for Papua New Guinea tonight while Colonna will travel to Suva on July 25, in the first ever visit by a French Foreign Minister to Fiji. In Vanuatu, Macron will be accompanied by President Louis Mapou of New Caledonia and President Moetai Brotherson of French Polynesia – for the first time.

In Port Moresby, it is expected that Trade and Investment including Security cooperation and Climate Change are likely to be high on agenda for the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Papua New Guinea.

The visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Papua New Guinea is an important opportunity for the two countries to strengthen their ties and to discuss ways to cooperate on a range of issues of mutual interest.

They also include among the economic and bilateral relations, the Regional development, Security cooperation, Education and cultural cooperation and Trade and investment.

In addition to these specific topics, the two sides are also likely to discuss a range of other issues of mutual interest, such as the situation in West Papua and the future of the Pacific Islands Forum.

The agenda for the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Papua New Guinea is likely to include the following topics: