Visits in provinces
The French Ambassador and his wife had the opportunity to meet French nationals living and working in PNG in different fields.
On the occasion of visits paid to different PNG provinces, the French Ambassador and his wife had the opportunity to meet French nationals living and working in PNG in different fields.
In West New Britain, they were received by Dr. Luc Bonneau and his wife Katty. Dr. Bonneau is the head of the research center in an important oil palm trees plantation. The delegation met the bishop of Kimbe on that occasion.
In East New Britain, the Ambassador and his spouse were welcomed by Mr. Pierre Monéton and his wife Lisbeth. Mr. Monéton is the CEO of PNG Balsa, the second company in the world for balsa export.
This visit allowed contacts with the Governor’s team, the University of Natural Resources and the National Agronomical Research Institute, which is supported by the European Union. The delegation paid a visit to the Kokopo Market, which was built on European Union’s financing, the Bita Paka War Cemetery and the Kokopo and Rabaul museums, where one can find French memories of the dreadful expedition of the Marquis de Rays. The delegation was received by the retired Archbishop of New Britain Karl Hesse.
On Bougainville Island, the Ambassador and his wife have paid a visit to the team of Doctors Without Borders (France), that has been working for two years rehabilitating the hospital in Buin, to the general satisfaction of people in the area.
Apart from a meeting with the Vice-President and Health minister, currently acting President of the Autonomous Government of Bougainville, the visit gave the opportunity to meetings with different representatives of the international community and of the civil society in Buka and in Arawa, as well as with Sister Lorraine in the Chabai Center a shelter for the victims of domestic violence.
On the ground of the big LNG PNG, the Ambassador and his wife were received in the heart of the Highlands by the team of the French Company SpieCapag, which counts more than 100 French nationals among the 600 expatriates working on the project.
They could be briefed on the spot by senior managers on the current state of the program and get acquainted with this technically and humanly remarkable challenge.