Prime Minister James Marape seemed over the moon whilst expressing his appreciation for the significant progress made in the longstanding relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea, following the signing of the historic A$200 million (K455 million) Bilateral Security Agreement with Australian counterpart, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
The agreement between both governments is seen as a monumental step in strengthening diplomatic ties facilitates Australia’s commitment to providing $200 million in security assistance to Papua New Guinea, addressing both internal and regional security concerns.
A meeting then ensued following the signing between Prime Ministers Albanese and Marape, attended by key ministers and senior public servants from both nations.
The agreement encompasses a comprehensive support package, which includes infrastructure development and training initiatives for the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.
Additionally, it extends support to the judiciary, correctional services, addresses gender-based violence, and entails the establishment of a police recruit and investigation training centre.
The overarching goal is to empower Papua New Guinea in building a larger and more capable police force, while also offering training assistance to other Pacific nations.
Expressing gratitude for the generous support, Prime Minister Marape highlighted the multifaceted impact the A$200 million package would have on enhancing security in the region.
“This is a significant milestone in relationships between our two countries since 1975 when Papua New Guinea gained independence from Australia,” he said.
Acknowledging the broader security challenges facing Papua New Guinea, Marape emphasised the alignment of the agreement with the nation’s strategic priorities.