19 Oct 2004

Work being done to increase Papua New Guinea's primary produce exports to New Zealand

9:14 pm on 19 October 2004

Measures to help Papua New Guinea increase its exports to New Zealand featured in talks in Wellington today between the foreign ministers of each country.

Sir Rabbie Namaliu met his New Zealand counterpart, Phil Goff, to discuss how PNG could take a more equitable share of the 171-million US dollars annual trade between the two countries.

Mr Goff says officials are working towards establishing quarantine requirements to allow PNG to export pineapples, cooking bananas, ginger, sweet potato and asparagus to New Zealand.

A refrigerated transport system to move produce from the Highlands to the port in Lae is also being supported by New Zealand's aid agency, NZAID.

Mr Goff says there are estimates that there are up to one hundred thousand Papua New Guineans with HIV/Aids.

He says PNG is New Zealand's second largest aid recipient and much goes towards primary health care, including raising awareness of the disease.