By Delly Waigeno – EM TV News, Port Moresby
PNG Ports Corporation has signed a sister-port agreement with China’s port of Shenzhen.
PNG Ports CEO, Stanley Alphonse, said Papua New Guinea has much to learn from Shenzhen, which has grown from a fishing village to being one of the busiest and fastest growing ports in the world.
The sister-port relationship agreement is an opportunity to share skills and knowledge on port business and trade between both ports.
The signing ceremony of the agreement between PNG Ports Corporation and China’s Shenzhen Port Authority representatives took place in Port Moresby this morning.
Shenzhen Port is located in China’s South and is the country’s low-carbon demonstration port. It has established sister-ports with 18 other global ports. Shenzhen Port has over 250 shipping routes that pass through more than 300 ports around the world.
Vice Mayor of the Shenzhen metropolis said Shenzhen Port is committed to sharing its expertise for mutual partnership with PNG.
National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, said PNG stands to benefit from this sister-port relationship.
CEO of PNG Ports Corporation, Stanley Alphonse, said Port Moresby is one of the few capitals of the world that is not connected to other parts of the country by road.
This makes the port authority’s task doubly important both locally and as the international maritime gateway for PNG and the Pacific region.
Alphonse also said the relationship is an opportunity to share skills, knowledge and information on port business and trade.
In the meantime, Governor Parkop said he will meet with the Vice Mayor of Shenzhen to discuss sister-city prospects between Port Moresby and Shenzhen city.