Since the creation of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea in 1975, the European Union has been building a solid relationship with the Government, and is today a trusted and valuable partner, accompanying the people of Papua New Guinea in the political, social and economic development of their country. This year 2017, European Union and Papua New Guinea celebrate 40 years of this partnership.
The following is an overview of the relations between the European Union (EU) and Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a number of areas, including political, economic, trade relations, rural entrepreneurship, investment and trade, water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education.
The Department of Education is proud to announce the official launching of the Human Resources Development Programme Phase 2 (HRDP2).HRDP2 is a Government of Papua New Guinea Department of Education programme aimed at increasing access to quality lower secondary vocational education and training. The programme is funded by the European Union to the tune of EUR 26 million (approximately PGK 85 million). It will be implemented until mid-2019.
"The PPAP aims at improving the livelihoods of smallholder cocoa and coffee producers through the improvement of performance and sustainability of value chains. The EU grant will enable up-scaling of the cocoa component of the project and allow for 8 000 new cocoa farming households in East New Britain Province and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to benefit from PPAP from 2015-2017."
The Forest Monitoring Portal of the University of PNG collects satellite imagery of forests, maps recent areas of clearing, logging and fire. These maps will be uploaded onto a public website. A fire watch website is already online that shows the location of forest fires, updated in real time. The project is a major advance in forest governance, allowing public viewing of activities in forests.