Papua New Guinea is set to open four new foreign missions over the next three years.
Foreign Affairs Minister Justin Tkatchenko said the four new missions to be set up are in Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Switzerland.
“The new embassies will be set up to enhance economic trade and agriculture, health and education, starting this year,” he said.
“We want to work with Israel closely, through the word of God and also through the aspects of economic empowerment, agriculture, industry, commerce and so on.”
Tkatchenko referred to UAE as the new frontier, a centre point for connecting the world, after attending the world expo that exposed PNG, providing an opportunity to sell products and projects.
And he said Thailand can offer to connect PNG to the rest of South-east Asia, and cooperate on areas such as agriculture, commerce and trade, mining and tourism.
Tkatchenko said there would be extra funding in the 2024 and 2025 budgets to ensure the establishment of the four missions.
With the additional four foreign missions and the closure of the Taiwan trade office, there will be 24 in total.