Australia boosting diplomatic presence in PNG

7:25 pm on 3 March 2016
Australia's Parliament buildings, in Canberra.

Australia's Parliament buildings, in Canberra. Photo: AFP

Australia is to expand its diplomatic presence in Papua New Guinea by setting up a consulate-general's office in Lae.

In a statement the Australian government says Lae, as PNG's commercial capital, is integral to Australia's US$13.7 billion investment in the country.

Australia also provides PNG with US$393 million dollars in annual aid support.

It said the consulate-general will boost Australia's presence and bolster the growing trade and investment relationship.

The announcement came during the annual Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum in Canberra.

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