Press Release

Prime Minister appreciates China's Aid to Papua New Guinea

16/11/2018

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has commended China for the numerous development aid the people of China had offered to PNG over the years.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has commended China for the numerous development aid the people of China had offered to PNG over the years.

In his speech this morning during the hand-over ceremony of the China Aid road project, which is now the Independence Boulevard, PM O’Neill said PNG values the strong support from the Chinese Government towards development in the country.

“We value the strong support from the Chinese government and the President Xi Jinping himself for the continued support towards Papua New Guinea in development,” O’Neill said.

He added that the Independence Boulevard marks another historical event in the long relationship between PNG and China.

He said that Papua New Guinea is a very rural country with a big rural population and a small economy.

The strong partnership that PNG has with the Chinese government will enhance the growth of development and the economy of PNG.

PM O’Neill said thanked the people of China, adding that China and Papua New Guinea’s bilateral relationship began 1976 right after the country’s independence and maintained thus far.

The Independence Boulevard is one of the donations from the people of China to PNG. It was built by the China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (Chec).