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Papua New Guinea: EU External Relations

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 174833, tabled on 24 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take steps with EU representatives to increase support for Papua New Guinea and other resource-constrained nations.

Answered on

19 April 2021

As set out in the Integrated Review the UK is deepening its engagement in the Indo-Pacific, establishing a more integrated and more persistent cross-Government presence than any other European country. We are already helping Papua New Guinea to develop capacity to build a better future for all, especially in the areas of health, climate change and trade. The UK Fleming Fund (£8m), for example, is assisting Papua New Guinea to tackle drug resistant diseases (anti-microbial resistance) and we have provided support worth approximately £900,000 to help the country to tackle COVID-19.

UK assistance for Papua New Guinea and other resource-constrained nations is primarily delivered through multilateral organisations. For example, according to OECD data we provided an estimated £33.1m in support to Papua New Guinea in 2018 through core contributions to multilaterals, including the World Bank's International Development Association, the EU, UN agencies and the Global Fund.

We will continue to use the full range of development, diplomatic and other tools available to support Papua New Guinea. This includes working with the EU delegation and other international partners in Port Moresby including Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand and the USA.