Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape is set to enhance the long-standing relationship between PNG and Australia during his visit this week.

As a guest of the Australian Government, his visit will begin on 07 February and will consist of a series of diplomatic engagements aimed at reinforcing bilateral ties.

Accompanied by a high-level delegation including former politicians Sir Yano Belo and Sir Nambuga Mara, as well as several ministers and chief officials, Marape’s itinerary is packed with significant engagements showing the importance of this visit.

Upon arrival in Canberra, the capital of Australia, Marape will be formally welcomed by Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong.

Following this, a traditional welcome to country ceremony will take place, symbolising the deep respect and connection between the two nations.

The highlight of the visit will occur on 08 February when Marape receives a ceremonial reception at the Parliament of Australia, hosted by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

This reception will include a 19-gun salute, a guard of honour inspection, and the rendition of both nations’ national anthems by the Military College Band.

In a historic first for PNG-Australia relations since PNG gained independence 48 years ago, Marape will address the Australian Parliament.

This moment signifies the enduring partnership and mutual commitment to peace and prosperity in the Pacific region.

Apart from these symbolic events, the visit will also feature crucial bilateral discussions between Marape and his Australian counterpart, Albanese.

Additionally, an annual leaders’ dialogue will take place, allowing for fruitful exchanges on various topics of mutual interest.

In a show of collaboration on security matters, Mr Marape will engage with the Australian Federal Police’s forensics facility to reinforce security cooperation between the two nations.

Strengthening regional stability and addressing shared challenges will be key focal points of this meeting.

The visit will conclude with Prime Minister Marape and his spouse Rachel Marape, honouring the shared history at the Australian War Memorial.

They will also have the opportunity to meet with the Governor-General of Australia, further cementing the bonds between the two nations.

Marape’s official visit to Australia aims to significantly bolster the existing relationship between PNG and Australia.

By engaging in a range of diplomatic engagements and discussions, both leaders hope to further enhance cooperation and work towards a prosperous future for the Pacific Region.

Marape is scheduled to return to Port Moresby on 11 February, carrying with him the outcomes of this important diplomatic mission.