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Monday, 25 August 2014

European Union ups development aid in PNG

Papua New Guinea will be the recipient of a massive K601 million (US$244 million) for aid and development purposes, trade and political relations over the next six years.

This amount is almost equivalent to the allocation of € 180 million that was announced by the head of the European Union (EU) delegation, Martin Dihm.

The proposed allocation was disclosed during the PNG-EU awareness dialogue earlier this month.

“The allocation for PNG for the next six years is €180 million,” Dihm said.

The EU has a long standing partnership with Papua New Guinea since 1977 and the partnership covers the three areas of aid and development, trade and has recently included political relations to the alliance.

The area of aid or development cooperation has been a focus for the union for a long time, Dhim said.

This is the oldest area of our cooperation, currently European Union is the second biggest grant donor in PNG, funding put at the disposal for development by our member states,” he said.

The main areas supported by the union in aid or development cooperation have been infrastructure, mining and rural development, but also water and sanitation, education, good governance, human rights and importantly the fight against gender based violence in favor of gender equity and participation.