France and Papua New Guinea
Relations between France and Papua New Guinea were already considerable in the environmental field, such as via the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), an initiative to protect biodiversity “hot spots”, and via continued analysis and promotion of the results of the “La Planète Révisitée” expedition that ended in 2013. They are also strong in defence, thanks to the participation of Papua New Guinea in French exercises in the region (“Équateur” and “Croix du Sud”, dialogue with the major regional powers in the South Pacific Defence Minister Meeting framework (Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, France, Australia and New Zealand. Our relationships have further intensified since Total obtained exploitation rights for new natural gas concessions in the Elk-Antelope fields.
Prime Minister O’Neill met with the French President in June 2016 at the first France-Papua New Guinea business forum, organized in Paris with the support of MEDEF International. The Minister of Foreign Affairs took part in the second high-level dialogue on climate change held in Nouméa in May 2018.
Our scientific cooperation is based mainly on research for development (agronomy, environmental science, natural risk management and geology), in conjunction with regional French research institutes, and on support for Francophonie. Papua New Guinea receives funding from the Pacific Fund (financing for the Ambitle Island project to promote coral reef adaptation to climate change, and a project on the resilience of certain environments (forest, coastal), implemented by the French Research Institute for Development (IRD).
Updated: March 2019