PNG’s High Commissioner to India Paulias Kornie said that India looks forward to the country hosting the third Forum of India-Pacific Islands Leaders (FIPIC) Summit in Papua New Guinea later this year.
Mr Kornie presented his credentials this week and singling out that Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill attended the second FIPIC Summit in Jaipur in the State of Rajasthan in August 2016, attended by Pacific leaders and that India was thankful for the special gesture.
President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind gave this undertaking when receiving the credentials of PNG High Commissioner to India, Paulias Korni at the Presidential Palace at Rashtrapai Bhawan in New Delhi.
“Excellency, we have received your offer to host the 3rd Forum of India-Pacific Islands Cooperation Summit in Port Moresby.
“We are thankful for the special gesture. We are giving due con-sideration to hosting the Summit in your capital.
“India’s strategic engagement with the Pacific Island countries, including Papua New Guinea has acquired a new salience under our ‘Act East Policy’. This has added momentum to our bilateral relationship,” President Konvind said.
He said there is much scope to strengthen the economic partnership with PNG.
“Excellency, we take pride in our development partnership.
“We are happy to set up the Centre of Excellence in Information Tech-nology at the University of PNG.
“We are also keen that the financial assistance extended for road projects in your country are utilized as per your needs.”
In response, Mr Korni said PNG committed to hosting the 3rd FIPIC in Port Moresby at the Jaipur Summit.
And would facilitate the 3rd Summit when the Indian government first up date.
“Papua New Guinea is keen to deepen the relationship in health, education, capacity and specific sectoral collaborative programs like information technology, SMEs, tourism and petro-chemical sector.”
Mr Korni acknowledged the strong and vibrant economic and trade relations between PNG and India.