9 Apr 2013

US explores aiding development in PNG Highlands

1:35 pm on 9 April 2013

The American Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, who is on a week-long visit to the Highlands region, says he wants to meet political and civil society leaders to discuss how the US can help PNG's economic development to be inclusive, sustainable and transparent.

Walter North says he plans to emphasise US commitment to women's empowerment and to combatting gender-based violence in the Pacific.

During his visit to the region, the ambassador will meet American missionaries, non-governmental organisations and businesses, which are working collaboratively with local communities to improve the quality of life in the Highlands.