The prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill, wants more foreign missionaries in the country.
He's told the Vatican's diplomat to PNG, Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, that churches have contributed enormously to the country by delivering services to remote areas that the governments have failed to provide for.
Mr O'Neill says churches remain at the forefront of service delivery and their contributions are huge.
He says there had been many foreign dedicated missionaries in the past and his government would like to see them return to help with social services.
Mr O'Neill says the Government's poor record of service delivery was underlined by the fact that despite a windfall of revenue in the last six years, there was very little to show for this on the ground.
He said a government/church partnership in service delivery would deliver a lot of benefits to the people.