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Remarks by H. E. Ambassador Qiu Bohua at Governor General's New Year Reception

(Port Moresby, 11th February 2014)


H.E. Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, Governor General of Papua New Guinea

Hon. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill

Hon. Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Parliament

Excellencies Heads of PNG Oversea Missions

Excellencies Heads of Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am very much honored to speak on this auspicious occasion as the dean of the diplomatic corps. First of all, please allow me, on behalf of all my colleagues from the diplomatic corps, to extend heartfelt gratitude to H.E. Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, Governor General of Papua New Guinea, for hosting this New Year Reception. Thank you, your Excellency, for being so supportive and generous to us. Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hon. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Parliament and Department Heads present today, for your continuous support to and collaboration with the diplomatic corps in promoting bilateral and multilateral relations and cooperation.

The past year has witnessed PNG’s great development achievements marked by political stability, sound economic growth, improvements of infrastructure and expanding international influence.

With an average growth rate of about 7% for the last 10 years, PNG continues to be one of the fastest growing economies and most favored investment destinations in the world. This country is blessed with rich resources, and well known as an island of gold floating on a sea of oil. With the construction of the $19 billion PNG-LNG project and its first shipment expected for this year, a second and third LNG projects undergoing exploration in the Gulf and Western Provinces, and multiple large mining projects coming in the line, PNG is ushering in a new era of energy and resource prosperity. The longer you stay in PNG, the more you will feel like PNG.

At the same time, the country is also undergoing an infrastructure boom. The government has done a very impressive work in building the highlands highway, expanding the Lae port, and upgrading major hospitals and universities. In Port Moresby, I can see construction sites and cranes in operation everywhere. I believe that in the near future, with continuous efforts from the public and private sectors, both domestic and international, Port Moresby and other major cities in PNG will have a great change and facelift.

Riding on the back of the speed and scale of PNG’s economic development, the PNG government is putting an emphasis of translating economic growth to tangible development results for each and every ordinary PNG citizen. The government has implemented free education and free health care policies, and is mobilizing state enterprises, private sectors and development partners in improving basic services. Local level governments now have direct allocations to develop their own impact projects. All these policies will not only lift peoples’ living standards, but also help to attract more foreign investments. It is greatly appreciated by PNG people and the international community.

As the largest and fastest growing Pacific Island country, PNG has been actively expanding its regional influence. PNG has become an active and constructive member in regional organizations such as PIF, APEC and ARF, and is poised to host 2015 Pacific Games and 2018 APEC meeting. I believe that with greater economic success in the future, PNG will play a more important role in international and regional affairs.

Ladies and gentlemen,

According to Chinese Lunar Calendar, the year 2014 is the year of horse, which stands for speed, strength, hard work and good results. Looking ahead, I wish to see PNG gallop forward like a strong horse in its development. I am sure that with the support of all the people, the PNG government will continue to make great progress in maintaining political stability, sustaining high economic performance, attracting more foreign investments, and reach more achievement in improving basic services and people’s living standards. Although there will be challenges ahead, I have full confidence in the wisdom and strength of the PNG government and people. And I believe I am speaking for every one from the diplomatic corps that we stand ready to assist you in any possible way.

Ladies and gentlemen,

My term as Chinese Ambassador will expire at the end of this month. During my 4 years tenure in PNG, I have developed deep affection for this beautiful country and its peace-loving people. I will always keep PNG in my mind. I would like to take this opportunity to thank H.E. Governor General and the government of PNG, and my colleagues in the diplomatic corps for your support and friendship. After my departure, the deanship will go to H.E. Ms. Marion Crawshaw, the New Zealand High Commissioner. She is a very experienced diplomat, and I’m sure she will make an excellent dean. I hope you will continue to support her job and also my colleagues in the diplomatic corps.

At last, I once again wish PNG a brighter future, and everyone good health and success!

Thank you all!

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