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Indian President Visits Papua New Guinea and New Zealand
May 03, 2016

President Pranab Mukherjee wrapped up his six-day official visit to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand on May 2. During his visit he met top leaders of the two countries and inked a few important deals as part of India's 'Act East' policy.

Concluding the three-day visit to New Zealand as part of the second leg of his two-nation tour, President Mukherjee talked about cooperation in agriculture, dairy, food processing, education and skill development as well as high technology between the two countries.

  • During the course of the visit, India and New Zealand also signed a deal that opens the door for direct flights between the two countries with an aim to boost tourism and trade sectors

  • Pranab Mukherjee's trip was the first high-level visit from India in 20 years after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's visit to the island nation.

Earlier, as part of his two-day visit to Papua New Guinea, , the President had sought for freedom of navigation saying sea lanes of communications should be devoid of tension and rivalry. The two nations, as part of measures to strengthen bilateral ties and ensuring energy security, signed four.

Besides, India also offered a 100 million dollar line of credit for development of infrastructure in Papua New Guinea and agreed to jointly develop new avenues of cooperation to explore and develop the Pacific nation's vast oil and gas resources.

India and Papua New Guinea signed four agreements on April 29, including in areas of healthcare and information technology.

1. A MoU was signed between India’s ministry of health and family welfare and Paua New Guinea’s ministry of health and HIV/AIDS for a broad range of cooperation in the field of healthcare and medical science.

2. The second MoU was signed between the Papua New Guinea government and the Export Import Bank of India for a $100-million credit line for development of infrastructure in the island-nation.

3. The third MoU was signed between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, and PNG University of Technology, Lae, for cooperation in agricultural research.

4. The fourth MoU was signed between the governments of India and Papua New Guinea for establishing of India-Papua New Guinea Centre for Excellence in IT.

Papua New Guinea is the largest of all the Pacific island-nations.

Pranab Mukherjee’s visit is the first ever presidential visit from India to this country.

India also offered the country, its technology, financial wherewithal, skilled manpower and institutional support to harness the mineral-rich country's abundant natural resources and establish mutually beneficial economic and commercial ventures.


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