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Message of the EU Ambassador to PNG on unveiling the “PNG-Europe Friendship Boulevard”

Message of the European Union Ambassador to PNG, H.E. Mr. Jernej VIDETIC on unveiling the “PNG-Europe Friendship Boulevard” Plaque (9 May 2022)

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It is a great pleasure to be here with you on this memorable day. Perhaps there is no better way of marking the Europe Day and the 45 years of EU-PNG partnership than through this symbolical act.

Dedicating one of the principal road arteries in Port Moresby to our friendship seals our commitment to this beautiful country for years to come.

Indeed, as we are celebrating 45 years of cooperation, despite the challenges at home, the EU remains firmly committed to its partnership with PNG. In 45 years, we have evolved from a classical donor-beneficiary relation to a full-fledged equal partnership on critical global issues.

Currently we enjoy a fruitful cooperation on good governance, human rights, water and sanitation, rural entrepreneurship, investment and trade. For the next stage though, we intend to be even more ambitious and will focus on "Forestry, Climate-Change and Biodiversity”. Thus, we will invest in the preservation of your forest and biodiversity, green energy production, transportation and agriculture. Together with other partners, we will help you reach your full potential.

Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends,

The event today also marks the peak of my three years mission in PNG. It has been an exciting three years, which I will never forget and I am happy to see that our partnership has a nice “path” ahead, symbolically marked by the PNG-Europe Friendship Boulevard.

Thank you once again for all your support, thank you for making this event happen !  Same as this beautiful city, you are all “amazing”!