Media Release – 11th January 2022

Hon. Timothy Masiu MP, Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT), on his arrival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to deliver the Keynote Address at the World Expo 2020 in the PNG Investment Forum week, themed “Eco-Tourism and Connectivity”, was well received.

Minister Masiu commended the leadership and dedication of PNG’s team led by Papua New Guinea’s Ambassador to Belgium, the European Union and UAE and Commissioner-General of the PNG Pavilion at the Dubai 2020 Expo, His Excellency Mr. Joshua Kalinoe and Deputy Commissioner Jacinta Warakai Manua.

The PNG World Expo 2020 team has undertaken an exemplary task by scheduling my delegation’s meetings with various corporate and government leaders in ICT business and especially digital technology for the Ministry to pursue international partnership and strategic alliance relations to deliver the PNG government’s digital government program.

“I thank PNG’s Pavilion management and organizing committee led by Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade including seconded staff from Investment Promotion Authority (IPA), Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) for showcasing PNG in Dubai – a city dubbed as a leading investment destination”

“This is the type of dedication and commitment we as Government expect from our bureaucrats and technocrats, especially our PNG heads of Overseas Missions/Posts, to make sure trade and investment opportunities are prioritized and promoted to enable growth in all sectors of PNG’s economy.”

“It is pleasing to note that our organic agriculture products attract high-interest international market buyers and particularly by the younger Arab population and is a clear indicator of a potential market for PNG to explore.

We as a Government need to be more organized in linking our growers (sellers) with the buyers” “I extend my gratitude to the former Minister for Forest – now Minister for Civil Aviation Hon. Walter Schnaubelt for being the first State Minister give attention and support to PNG’s Pavilion in Dubai.

I am the second State Minister that followed, and I am now calling for other economic ministers to reach out to the PNG Expo Pavilion for international trade facilitation”

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