Papua New Guinea Port Repairs and Upgrades to Improve Trade, Connectivity and Trade Capacity

Australia will provide $580 million in funding to support the repair and upgrading of several key ports in Papua New Guinea, many of which are nearing the end of their lifespan.

Australia’s timely support will help the Ports Corporation of Papua New Guinea expand critical maritime infrastructure capacity to accommodate larger vessels, improving trade and connectivity.

“Today’s announcement reinforces Australia’s enduring friendship with Papua New Guinea through a financially sustainable partnership in quality port infrastructure. It will have broad economic and social benefits for businesses and communities,” said Senator Marise Payne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women.

Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Dan Tehan said the work will make it easier for Papua New Guinea and other Pacific countries to trade in global markets.

“These upgrades will improve Papua New Guinea’s ports, allowing dedicated container ships that operate major Indo-Pacific trade routes to make direct calls in Papua New Guinea. This will create new opportunities for Papua New Guinea and the Pacific to engage in global trade,” Tehan said.

Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Zed Seselja, said: “The work will also include urgent repairs and improvements to deteriorated coastal wharves that are up to 70 years old. By improving community access to health care, education and livelihoods, this partnership will make a real difference in people’s lives.

It is more than an investment in infrastructure. This is a partnership that responds to Australia’s commitment to providing practical and meaningful solutions to Pacific nations at a time of unprecedented economic and strategic challenges in our region.

The investment is funded by the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific, in response to Papua New Guinea’s request to support the renewal of critical ports. For more information visit: www.aiffp.gov.au

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