By Julie Badui-Owa – EMTV News, Lae
Six American businesses met with the Lae Chamber of Commerce yesterday(Thursday, August 9), in Lae to discuss the opportunities and challenges of doing business in PNG.
The visit demonstrates U.S commitment to PNG and the Indo-Pacific region, through the existing American businesses such as ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola and Colgate Palmolive.
The delegation was led by American Chamber of Commerce in Australia and accompanied by U.S Ambassador to PNG, Catherine Ebert-Gray.
Six of the American companies interested to do business in PNG are 3M, ConocoPhillips, General Electric, Jacobs, Johnson and Johnson and Laureate Education.
They were welcomed by the President for Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry, John Byrne at the Lae Yacht yesterday.
The Chief Executive Officer for American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, April Palmerlee, said they are here to create a new relationship and to know how they can invest in PNG.
America has invested in PNG over the years and Lae city has been an important partner and a business community in PNG.
U.S Ambassador to PNG, Catherine Ebert Gray said their new administration in the United States, is focused on the economic growth and rising prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region.
According to the Economic Officer from the American Embassy, Bradley Coley, they will be working closely with the Department of Commerce.
Laureate Education is one of the six American businesses and is one of the largest education companies in the world.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Linda Brown said she’s here in PNG to know how the company can help in PNG’s higher education system.