May 5, 2023: “India is a huge country – a global economic powerhouse – and it is good for Papua New Guinea that we have a good relationship with them." What are the visits for?
“Refrain from unnecessary comments and innuendoes about the visits of US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape appealed commentators and people of his country.
Papua New Guinea will jointly host with India, the 3rd edition of the Forum of India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC)1 Summit in Port Moresby, between 21 to 23 May 2023 and Mr. Modi will be visiting the country for the same.
The visit of Mr. Biden to Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 22 May, before attending Australia for the Quad summit will coincide with PM Modi’s first visit to the PNG nation on 21-22 May.
Mr. Modi also is traveling to Australia for the Quad summit. The Quad Summit will be held on 24th May.
Where is Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is a country that is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, just north of Australia. It is part of a region known as Oceania, which includes other countries like Australia, New Zealand, and many small island nations in the Pacific Ocean.
If you look at a map of the world, you can find Papua New Guinea to the east of Indonesia and to the north of Australia. It is located on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, which is the second-largest island in the world after Greenland. The country also includes many smaller islands that are scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean.
PM Marape told Papua New Guineans that “such visits are not easy to put together, as Papua New Guinea is not the only country in the Indo-Pacific region” that PM Modi and Biden could have chosen to visit, “especially at a time like this”.
“The leaders of the USA and India chose to visit us when they could have easily gone elsewhere, so let us respect their choice to visit us,” he added.
“India is a huge country – a global economic powerhouse – and it is good for PNG that we have a good relationship with them. India is currently ranked as the fourth-largest economy in the world and will continue to grow bigger. USA is the No. 1 economy in the world,” he added.
What is FIPIC?
The India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC)1 Summit is a meeting between India and the countries of the Pacific Island region. FIPIC was established by India to strengthen its ties with the Pacific Island countries, which include Fiji, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The FIPIC Summit is held once every two years, and it provides a platform for India and the Pacific Island countries to discuss issues of mutual interest, such as trade, investment, tourism, and climate change. The aim of the summit is to deepen cooperation between India and the Pacific Island countries, and to promote economic and cultural ties between the two regions.
At the FIPIC Summit, the leaders of the participating countries discuss various issues, and sign agreements and memoranda of understanding to strengthen their cooperation in different fields. The summit also provides an opportunity for the leaders to exchange ideas and build personal relationships.
Overall, the FIPIC Summit is an important forum for India and the Pacific Island countries to work together on common goals, and to promote peace, prosperity and stability in the region.