FOLLOWING the recent decision by Papua New Guinea to establish a National Trade Commission Service, it has been decided that China would be the first of eight countries in which a trade mission would be established.
Trade Minister Richard Maru says the first to be established would be in Shanghai (China); Brisbane (Australia); Bangkok (Thailand); Jakarta (Indonesia); Brussels (European Union); Dubai (United Arab Emirates); Manila (Philippines); and Singapore.
Maru said in a statement that trade representatives would have their own establishments within foreign missions or stand-alone offices or through the appointment of both PNG trade commissioners and honorary trade commissioners.
"One of the major priorities is to attract investors to invest in our special economic zones and also in free trade negotiations with various counties starting with China and Indonesia.
"In terms of priority, the first trade commission we want to establish is Shanghai in China. It ranks as our priority as China is now offering to buy all our LNG and other resource products, fish, logs and other goods as well," Maru said.
Maru said the Department of International Trade and Investment would be advertising shortly for applicants to fill the positions of trade commissioners in all eight trade missions.