“Among the many areas of technical cooperation, we are very eager to enter and negotiate a free trade agreement with China, and I am pleased with the continued support and direction of the Embassy and our Department of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade, we can accelerate it as a priority for the government,” added Dr. Tom. The Chinese and Papua New Guinea governments are eager to move the negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) forward. Pato informed the PNG media that China, following their discussions, had expressed its readiness to seek a free trade agreement and would conduct a feasibility study. The Prime Minister proposed that if China opens free trade with Pacific island states like his, it will help build thriving economic corridors in the region. Pato met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday to discuss the possibility of a free trade agreement between the two countries in November at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea. In addition to the idea of free trade, the two foreign ministers discussed a number of issues, including the release of officials and diplomats in China and PNG. Ambassador Bing invited Mr. Marape to visit China, with an official trip planned with the signing of Memorandums of Understanding and other technical arrangements. This is what Dr Tom said after the signing of the MoU !sheries and the Trade Protocol Agreement (ICRC) in October 2019 in Apia, Samoa, at the 3rd Forum of Paci!c China Paci!c Island (PICs) Forum for Economic Development and Cooperation. Mr. Bing said the association was being bribed to sign a possible free trade agreement. The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea has called on China to conclude a free trade agreement with his country and help restructure his government`s debt.
“Papua New Guinea can play a decisive role in strengthening our bilateral trade and economic relations in this area.” That is why the framework of the MOU and the clearly defined requirements of the agreement on seafood exports have met a number of important administrative and technical requirements in this sector,” he said. He also called on both sides to reach a consensus as soon as possible on the opening of negotiations for a free trade agreement and to actively promote mutually beneficial cooperation in areas such as production capacity, trade and the economy, investment and financing. China, PNG wants to launch free trade negotiations. Patrick`s Foreign Minister Tom Papua New Guinea held talks with China to establish a free trade agreement between the two countries. The Prime Minister said PNG was ready to intensify communication and cooperation with China in areas such as trade and the economy, production capacity, tourism, infrastructure construction, education and cooperation between local governments, and to begin negotiations quickly for a free trade agreement.