The Prime Minister says, there needs to be increased interaction between Papua New Guinea and Australia through travel.
Addressing the PNG-Australia Business Forum today, Peter O'Neil says while trading and relations has been important to the two countries, obtaining a visa to travel to Australia is still difficult.
Mr. O'Neil says this is despite numerous discussions on the issue, and he's hopeful the issue will be resolved this year.
He says the ease of movement, for business travellers and tourists, is important for both countries – but this has to be undertaken with fairness.
The Prime Minister also revealed that Indonesia has agreed to provide visa on arrival for Papua New Guineans - an arrangement that will be in place for three months.
He says this will allow more travel for Papua New Guineans for leisure, business and education.
This is made possible with a new code-sharing arrangement between Air Niugini and Garuda - a move which Mr. O'Neil expects will expand further economic and cultural engagements with the two countries.