Friday, 5 October 2007 11:03 PM

Russia Expresses Regional Interest (PNG)

Russia's ambassador to Papua New Guinea made his country's interests in the region, especially in Papua New Guinea, known to the country's Governor General this week.

PNG's The National reported on Russia's expressed interest this week as Russian ambassador to PNG, Alexander Ivanov, presented his credentials to PNG's Governor-General, Sir Paulias Matane.

The ambassador stated Russia's awareness of the "growing importance in strengthening peace, security and cooperation in the Asia Pacific region" and that it was "committed to the goals of building collective security, promoting economic integration and maintenance of civilisation diversity and harmony in the region".

As a result, Russian companies have expressed interest in providing transportation crafts, namely aeroplanes, helicopters and ships to the PNG Government for the purpose of defence, border control, law enforcement, rescue and other purposes in the Asia Pacific region. And with this is also the proposal of creating a powerful aluminium production in PNG, with interest from RUSAL, Russia's biggest aluminium company.
The ambassador also added that the two countries could also mutually benefit in areas of mining, fisheries, transport and of course, tourism as PNG's resources in this area may be attractive to Russian travelers.

Governor General, Sir Paulias Matane, accepted the ambassador's credence, stating that with PNG's strategic location in the Asia Pacific region, it provided a crucial link for countries in the South Pacific region into the Asian and Eastern European markets, including Russia.

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