Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shaking hands with the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Mr. Peter O’Neill.
On May 28th, 2016, the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, held a half-hour meeting with the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Mr. Peter O’Neill. The meeting took place at the Ise-Shima G7 Summit as part of the Outreach initiative. Both parties discussed ways in which the two nations can benefit each other and their desires to expand bilateral relations. Prime Minister O’Neill agreed with Japan’s G7 initiatives, particularly the Expanded Partnership for Quality Infrastructure. Furthermore, boosting each other’s economies was widely discussed. Areas of focus for economic cooperation were the fishing industry and liquefied natural gas.
Prime Minister Abe expressed that Japan will make contributions to human resource and infrastructure development in Papua New Guinea. As such, Japan will grant aid of 1 million US dollars through the World Food Program to help relieve damage by caused by a recent drought that Papua New Guinea faced. Furthermore, Japan wants to help in building offices and supply marching band instruments to help Papua New Guinea host the 2018 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meetings.