5 Sep 2013

PNG denies it's looking to become a major regional donor

3:07 pm on 5 September 2013

After announcing a series of aid packages to Pacific island countries, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has denied that PNG is aspiring to be a major donor in the region.

Peter O'Neill announced new packages in Majuro at the Pacific Islands Forum summit, including two million US dollars each to Tuvalu and Tonga for assistance in climate change response and cyclone relief respectively.

The Marshall Islands will also receive one million dollars.

Fiji has been pledged 20 million dollars, half of which is to assist in elections planned for next year.

Mr O'Neill says PNG is looking to share responsibility where it can afford to.

"We are also committed to being an active member of the region. We know that the challenges that the members within the region face are similar to ours. And this goes without saying, we have our own challenges at home also. But in a true Melanesian and Pacific way we are there to help where we can."

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill