Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited PNG from 20-22 March 2014. During his visit he met a number of Government officials including; Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio. The focus of his trip was to; enhance economic relations, explore opportunities that both countries could benefit from economically, particularly in the area of trade and business, and iron out issues between the countries which may threaten stability, and visit several Australian funded programs.
Abbott also discussed the Manus RPC, the Australian visa issue and progress of the PNG LNG project. As a result of his visit, Abbott signed an economic trade deal allowing for an increase in trade and investment between the two countries.
Abbott commented that PNG was becoming a player in the global community not just the Pacific. The hosting of the 2018 APEC Leaders Summit was evidence of this and Australia will support however they can. PNG will also continue assisting Australia to address people smuggling by maintaining the Manus RPC. Abbott also confirmed the continuing support roles of the Australian Federal Police.