Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea

EU Ambassador holds discussions with the Mining Minister

03/08/2021 - 02:55
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The European Union Ambassador to PNG H.E Jernej Videtic recently held discussions with the Minister for Mining Hon. Johnson Tuke regarding the reforms of the mining sector in PNG and its commitment to sustainable development and efforts towards economic diversification.

The Ambassador among other issues of discussions informed the Minister of a possible cooperation with the EU in the mining sector for “smart” and sustainable mining technologies and expertise, thus supporting the EU’s "Green Deal” and creating sustainable jobs for Papua New Guineans. The EU has activated actions to transform its economy with a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach and is looking at replicating similar programs around the world, which PNG can be a part of.

The Mining Minister while providing an update on the mining sector in PNG welcomed the EU’s effort for a collaborative partnership to promote sustainability in the mining sector. He stated that one of the biggest hindrances in the mining sector is having good sound policies in place to mitigate the many challenges faced within the industry.

The Ambassador reiterated the EU’s plans to support PNG through government-coordinated activities on climate action both at the national and international level. This would be reflected in the next EU-PNG Development Partnership, which will be centred on Climate Change-Forestry-Biodiversity Nexus.

The Minister highlighted that the PNG Government is mindful and aware of the impact mines have on the environment and people’s livelihood and is addressing these issues by updating the regulatory framework and by demanding from investors to introduce new modern and sustainable technologies to diminish the negative impact of mining on the environment. The EU Ambassador underlined that the EU is supportive of responsible sourcing and recycling which are key approaches in the promotion of environment sustainability in the supply chain of minerals and metals. The Minister added that PNG is a “mineralised country”, rich in metals and minerals that are used in the green and most advanced technologies.

The Ambassador invited the Minister to present the investment opportunities in mining for the European business community at the EU-PNG Business Conference that will take place in Port Moresby in October 2021.

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