East-Asia and Pacific Region vice president Axel van Trotsenburg is visiting Papua New Guinea starting today and will meet with the donor community, private sector and civil society groups.
During his four-day stay, van Trotsenburg will have a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, as well as other senior cabinet members including the Minister of Treasury, Works and Implementation including the Governor of the Central Bank.
“I am looking forward to having a fruitful and informed conversation with the Government on the World Bank Group’s activities in Papua New Guinea” van Trotsenburg said.
“The World Bank values the partnership we have with Papua New Guinea and I hope my discussions this week will strengthen that relationship and ensure our work improves livelihoods and supports those living in hardship.”
He will use the visit to reaffirm the World Bank Group’s commitment to support PNG in various areas of development including infrastructure, information and communications technology; education, agriculture, energy and the extractive industries; finance and markets, rural and social development.
Van Trotsenburg will travel to Mount Hagen to meet with smallholder coffee and agriculture farmers and key partners who are benefiting from the World Bank funded Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project.
More than 20,500 smallholder farmers have already benefitted from partnerships through this project.
The Mount Hagen site visit will allow van Trotsenburg to meet with farmers, see their gardens and watch a demonstration of coffee processing procedures.
“Papua New Guinea is known for producing some of the world’s best coffee and this project will support 60,000 coffee and cocoa farmers across Papua New Guinea continue in that trend,” he said.
“I’m excited to see the project in action and hear from local farmers about their new crops and techniques,” he said.