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Papua New Guinea hosts Second Round Table on Education, Science and the Green Economy



(Left) Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Honorable John Simon and Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture Honorable Isi Henry Leonard (right) with the Secretary General and Chairman of the UAE Chamber of Commerce and Industry His Excellency Humaid Ben Salem who officiated at the second part or the Roundtable Discussion on Education, Science and the Green Economy where a B2B MOU was signed for carbon trade between Cloudy Bay Sustainable company and Sustinere, a Canadian Environment Management Company.

Papua New Guinea has the third largest rainforest in the world and is ranked 17th on the planet as the country with the most biodiversity.

As such, the Government has developed environment protection and mitigation measures and further used the Dubai world expo to tell the world that while the country is open for investment it is keen on protecting its paradise.

Part 2 of the two-part Round Table Discussions on Education, Science and the Green Economy have been aimed at bringing together scientists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, financial experts and economic solution providers to exchange ideas, form partnerships and solutions for mutual economic gains in a climate friendly and sustainable manner was convened in Dubai by the Papua New Guinea Pavilion on 25 February 2022 at the Two Seasons Hotel.

In opening the second Round Table Discussions, Minister for Tourism, Art and Culture Honorable Isi Henry Leonard said that more is needed to be done in terms of the sustainable use of the abundant forest, agricultural, mineral and hydrocarbon resources the country is blessed with.

He said this would require strong and long-term international partnerships in the areas of science, research and innovation, funding and sustainable economic options, including in environment conservation and mitigation measures and carbon trade as well as the production and utilization of clean renewable energy options.

“Papua New Guinea cannot achieve these environment friendly and sustainable economic options and live in balance with nature without the support and involvement of international stakeholders,” he said.

“This forum aims to forge partnerships for mutual economic benefits and also to assist in achieving the international agenda on Climate Change. It is my hope that at the end of the Roundtable today, the discussions would lead to announcing partnership arrangements in the key areas identified in the first Roundtable.”

Authorized for Release by:

Joshua Kalinoe, CSM, CBE

Ambassador & Commissioner General Expo2020

27th February 2022

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