By Juanita Nonwo – EM TV Online
Papua New Guinea will be part of a small group of developing countries present at the 42nd G7 Summit in Ise-Shima, Japan this week.
It will be the first summit held in Asia over eight years, represented by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, and his delegations which will include Central Governor, Hon. Kila Haoda, Papua New Guinea’s Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Mr Gabriel Dusava, with other senior government officials.
What is G7?
The group of 7 (G7) is a group, made up of the 7 most industrialised countries. Officially it was formed in 1985 to address pressing issues, which at that time was the oil crisis that threatened to put the global economy into recession.
Since then the group has been meeting annually on summits with the main aim of addressing global economic and monetary issues.
Who are the Group of 7 (G7)?
Papua New Guinea will take part in the Outreach meeting as part of the 42nd G7 Summit in Ise-Shima from May 26 to May 28.
The meeting will give PNG an opportunity to advance development support and co-ordinate issues with seven of the largest countries in the global economy.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, had this to say about PNG’s participation in the meeting:
“The G7 Group of states have a shared interest in working to enhance infrastructure in developing nations, this meeting will provide the chance to share Papua New Guinea’s experience and create new opportunities for expanding infrastructure in our country.
Further topics for discussion that are relevant to Papua New Guinea’s economy and development include promoting the engagement of women in the economy, and healthcare enhancement. Following the successful outcome of the Climate Change talks in Paris last year, there will be further decision on climate change and global activities to reduce the impact this has on developing nations.”
While in Japan, the Prime Minister will meet with Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, concerning ongoing co-operation and opportunities to expand cooperative ties between Japan and Papua New Guinea.
O’Neill will also be holding bilateral talks with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy, President Francois Hollande of France, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General.