Singapore, an opportunity for PNG to learn from: Minister Tkatchenko

Thursday 25 April 2024

Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Justin Tkatchenko says Singapore presents itself as an opportunity for Papua New Guinea to learn from as the fastest growing nation in the Asia Pacific region.

Minister Tkatchenko, in his meeting with new non-resident High Commissioner designate of Singapore to Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Ong Yew Huat, said Singapore has a lot to offer.

“We are not doing enough. We need to do more with Singapore. I would like to see our doors open in many different areas.”

“These are things for the future, your standard is high in your policing and making sure your laws are taken heed of.

“We can learn a lot from how you administer your people, Minister Tkatchenko said.”

PNG-Singapore relations are longstanding, dating back to May 19, 1976.

Singapore has aided and trained over 800 Papua New Guineans under the Singapore Development Cooperation Program, in addition to contributions supporting local capabilities in climate resilience, cybersecurity, and International law.

Minister Tkatchenko said H.E Ong’s appointment is a positive step towards strengthening relations between Singapore and Papua New Guinea.

“We are confident that his extensive experience and expertise will serve as an asset to Singapore’s diplomatic efforts in the region, as well as ours,” Minister Tkatchenko said.

HE. Ong Yew had officially presented his credentials to Governor General Sir Bob Dadae at the Government House recently prior to meeting with Minister Tkatchenko whereby discussions were held on how PNG can tap into the various sectors and industries.

HE. Ong Yew said Singapore can do a lot in terms of Human Development, training of people.

He said officials from PNG have formed a network in Singapore.

“Singapore stands as wanting to be a helpful friend.”

“There’s a longer lasting impact than just training so its ‘human resources and sustainability,” HE. Ong Yew said.

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