Outgoing High Commissioner of India to PNG pays farewell call on PM Marape

Outgoing High Commissioner of India to PNG H.E. Sushil Kumar Singhal (left)  and Prime Minister Hon. James Marape (picture credit: PM’s Media Unit).

The outgoing Resident High Commissioner of India to Papua New Guinea His Excellency Sushil Kumar Singhal paid a farewell call on Prime Minister Hon. James Marape at the Sir Manasupe Haus recently.

Mr Singhal  has successfully completed   his two years tour of duty as the High Commissioner  of India to PNG.

Prime Minister Marape , when  farewelling  Mr  Singhal,     said both countries have   excellent bilateral relations, and  requested that the High Commissioner also act as an advocate for PNG in India, in terms of promoting the country as an investment destination for Indian businesses.

Mr Marape  further  expressed his gratitude to  the  Government of India for extending   credit of USD 100 million (K331,016, 219. 79 ) for various infrastructure projects which is yet to be successfully drawn down by the Department of Treasury.

Meanwhile, Mr Marape   has also  requested    assistance on biometric technology to be availed to the PNG Electoral Commission, to assist in PNG’s  election processes and procedures.

“ This will  help  minimise challenges associated with electoral fraud and double voting,” Mr Marape  added.
The Prime Minister also requested for the Indian Government to expand the existing military training in India to include medical training for Papua New Guinea Medical Students as well.

Prime Minister Marape also initiated the creation of a travel bubble with India,  aimed at promoting the continuity of economic, political, business and trade and investment between both countries.

Mr  Singhal in response  said he would encourage his successor      to  work closely with the PNG Government to address those  issues discussed.

Mr  Singhal also raised concerns on visa on arrival for Indian nationals entering PNG which he claims has not been applied on a reciprocal basis as per the Visa Agreement between the Government of Papua New Guinea and India.

Another concern  raised  was  the  COVID-19 restrictions  which apply to India visitors coming into PNG.