Queensland’s agricultural exports to Papua New Guinea are just one of the areas set to benefit from an agreement signed last week by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
The four-year Queensland–Papua New Guinea Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines priority areas for cooperation and builds on successive MOUs in place since March 1992.
Cooperative activities covered in the MOU include:
- further promoting agricultural exports between Queensland and PNG, and exploring opportunities to provide expert advice on developing a range of agricultural industries in PNG (eg avocados, pineapples, mangos and beef cattle)
- exploring opportunities to increase healthcare training for PNG women
- continuing to provide assistance to the Kokoda Track Authority on track upgrades, slope stabilisation and regeneration (through the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service)
- continuing to assist PNG Fire Services with emergency response communications (through Queensland Fire and Emergency Services)
- continuing the PNG-Australia Policing Partnership Placement Program.
Ms Palaszczuk said trade was one area that would benefit under the new MOU.
‘With 43.1% of Australia’s total merchandise exports to PNG coming from Queensland, the MOU recognises the desire to further promote our exports and share expert advice on developing agricultural industries within PNG,’ she said.
‘Many activities in the schedule are mutually beneficial in nature and support the Queensland Government’s Our Future State priorities, especially those which centre on trade and health.’
Ms Palaszczuk and Mr O’Neill signed the MOU on 6 August in Brisbane, coinciding with the Papua New Guinea Investment Conference 2018.
Increasing Queensland exports is a key goal of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.