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"Papua New Guinea (PNG) is an incredibly important nation to Australia," said Prime Minister Julia Gillard before flying to the capital city Port Moresby where she met with her counterpart Peter O'Neill.
The two leaders signed the Joint Declaration for a new Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership, providing a framework for the contemporary bilateral relationship.
This new Declaration, after the Joint Declaration of Principles signed in 1987 by then-PMs Bob Hawke and Paias Wingti, "reflects the shift to a modern and dynamic partnership in which trade and economic links play an integral role, and the increasing cooperation in the region to promote stability and prosperity," a Joint Declaration stated.
Mrs. Gillard also announced that Australia would work with the PNG business community to enhance the status of women in workplaces in PNG. "Surveys on formal employment in PNG show that men are almost twice as likely as women to work for wages - 40 per cent of men compared to 24 per cent of women nationally," she said, after explaining at official dinner that PNG faces five main challenges: governance and transparency, security, health, development and education.
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