Minister for Trade, Commerce &Industry Richard Maru leftthe country overthe weekend to attendthe 4th global review on Aid for Trade in Geneva, Swithzerland.
He was invited to be a member ofthe panel session on Aid for Trade, global value chains andthe Pacific.
Before departingthe country, Minister Maru held a brief conference to talk about his participation atthe Aid for Trade global review, hosted in Swithzerland bytheWorld Trade Organisation.
“Papua New Guineareally needs to go outthere and tellthe world who we are that we may be a small island state but we have unique products which have organic origin; and try to look at way comparative advantage are for us to access those marketoso I am really humble bythe invitation to go,” said Minister Maru.
He said he would meet with an important Geneva-based international development organization that assist developing countries withtheir integration intothe global economy.
Following that Global Aid for Trade Review, Minister Maru’said he’d also travel to Beussels to encourage EU member states to pursue foreign direct investment in PNG
“What I would like to do is to encouragethe EU to look beyond Fisheries and to look at all our agriculture products and ther products for us to have duty free access intothe EU market.
Maru also said he would seek to secure support fromthe EU forPNG Trade andInvestment Road show to Europe next year to markePNG products. This would also supporPNG as an investment destination to attract European companies to invest in PNG