Barbeque with Pacific leaders

The Australian PM hosted a barbeque for his fellow Pacific leaders following the conclusion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Port Moresby.

During the BBQ, the leaders discussed opportunities for strengthening cooperation as members of the Pacific family, including Australia’s recently announced initiatives for our region.

Building on these recent announcements, PM Morrison says “Pacific Islands stand to gain access to Australia through the launch of a Pacific–Australia Card (PAC), an initiative designed to improve the travel experience of visiting Pacific Island leaders, including from the political, business and sporting spheres.”

The Australian PM also said “there are educational links available which Australia is providing by means of a new package of scholarships for Pacific students to study in Australian secondary schools.”

Australia is also increasing opportunities for technical education, and expansion in school partnerships program (BRIDGE) to build teacher-to-teacher links with the Pacific.

PM Morrison encourages “churches to work more closely together through a new Church Partnerships Program.”

These programs build on a joint announcement with the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the 15th of November, where the Australian Government outlined plans to expand the Pacific Labour Scheme and establish a dedicated Office of the Pacific in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Australian PM says “he looks forward to working closely together with the Pacific friends to implement these initiatives.”