- Welcome to Papua New Guinea
- Papua New Guinea in the Commonwealth
- Papua New Guinea became a member of the Commonwealth in 1975
- Papua New Guinea became an independent country on the 16th of September 1975
- Papua New Guinea has been competing in the Commonwealth Games since 1962, and has won 8 medals over this period
- Sir John Kaputin was appointed secretary-general of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in 2005
- The late Sir Anthony Siaguru was Commonwealth deputy secretary-general (Political) 1990-95
- Papua New Guinea country hosts a national chapter of the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council
- Papua New Guinea comprises about 600 small islands and has some 5,150km of coastline
- Papua New Guinea has more than 800 indigenous languages, thought to be more than any other country in the world
- 2012 Eighth Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting
The welcome message from the Prime Minister will be available soon.
Papua New Guinea in the Commonwealth
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Commonwealth meetings hosted
Commonwealth/ Pacific Island Forum Expert Team, Bougainville (2007/08)
A Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) was deployed to observe all aspects of the elections in the autonomous province of Bourgainville and to determine whether it was a credible election.
Maritime Boundaries Delimitation (2007/08)
A hydrographic survey was undertaken to determine the limits of the extended continental shelf. The first phase in the preparations for the country’s submission for an extended continental shelf claim under Article 76 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 was a desk study, funded on a cost sharing basis with the Government. Legal and policy advice and drafting assistance was provided to review and update the national maritime zones legislation. A draft maritime zones bill and draft regulations were submitted to the Government.
Development of Tourism Master Plan (2005/06)
A consultant (provided for by the Commonwealth) was appointed to assist the Government of Papua New Guinea to develop a Master Plan for the promotion of tourism and the organisation of the sector in order that it may contribute more effectively to economic development.
Garment and Knitwear Specialist (2003/04)
A Garment and Knitwear Specialist was provided, on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat, for two years to support the Papua New Guinea Government’s Development Plan. The Plan identified the garment manufacturing sector as one that could provide employment to women, and the specialist was to assist the government in developing and implementing the Plan. The expert focussed on the provision of training and design, and assisting women in establishing new enterprises and training staff to take over at the end of the project.
Consultant – Oil Palm Environmental Guide (1998)
The consultant, who was provided for by the Commonwealth Secretariat, prepared environmental guidelines for oil palm development.