Radio Host Enhances Knowledge in the States

Radio Host Enhances Knowledge in the States   Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Kizzy Kalsakau is the latest participant in the U.S. Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists – Research and Investigation, from September 23 to October 11, 2019, which will start in Washington, DC, then travel to New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania, …

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PAC ANGEL 19-4 brings medical, engineering aid to PNG

PAC ANGEL 19-4 brings medical, engineering aid to PNG   Lae, Morobe Province: U.S. Pacific Air Forces are gearing up for a grand closure to the Pacific Angel 19-4 medical and engineering exercises in Lae Morobe Province. The military team from the U.S. kicked off its fourth and final Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) exercise of …

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SI Chief Magistrate on U.S. Judicial System Program

SI Chief Magistrate on U.S. Judicial System Program   Honiara, Solomon Islands: Chief Magistrate of the Solomon Islands Central Magistrate Court, Emma Garo is the latest participant in the U.S. Embassy’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) on “The U.S. Judicial System – Protecting Women and Children,” from July 29 to August 16, 2019.  Chief Magistrate …

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USAID joins IFES in support of the Bougainville Referendum Commission

USAID joins IFES in support of the Bougainville Referendum Commission   Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced it would support the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) with targeted material assistance at the request of the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government. The contribution, …

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Provincial participants awarded for Tsunami Training in Papua New Guinea

Provincial participants awarded for Tsunami Training in Papua New Guinea   Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: This week has been an intense week (4-9 August 2019) of tsunami training for up to 50 national and provincial participants at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby. The Unites States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Pacific Tsunami …

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Alert: Eruption of Mt. Ulawun in West New Britain Province

Location: Mount Ulawun, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea Event: Papua New Guinea’s volatile Ulawun volcano began spewing ash at approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, 26 June 2019. Hoskins Airport is closed and the Rabaul Volcano Observatory has declared a stage one alert warning of a possible eruption.  Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology Darwin Volcanic …

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DPAA Ceremony Honors American Servicemen: Papua New Guinea Repatriation, 2019

DPAA Ceremony Honors American Servicemen: Papua New Guinea Repatriation, 2019 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The Government of the United States of America hosted a repatriation ceremony for the remains of service members killed in action in Papua New Guinea during World War II. The U.S. Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Accounting …

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USAID and UNDP partnership to boost climate change resilience in PNG

USAID and UNDP partnership to boost climate change resilience in PNG Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea:  The U.S. government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today formalized a mutual commitment to advance a more resilient future for the people of Papua New Guinea. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) alongside UNDP’s …

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Applications open for Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce that applications for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is now open! The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs is a new program supporting women entrepreneurs around the world.   The Academy, in support of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and …

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Social worker to enhance knowledge in the States

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Josephine Kaola is the latest participant in the U.S. Embassy’s International Visitors Leadership Program on Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Management, from April 13 to May 4, 2019. Josephine will start her U.S. program in Washington DC then travel to Greensboro North Carolina, Jackson Mississippi, Little Rock Arkansas, Montgomery Alabama, New Orleans …

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U.S. Embassy Consular Update – April 2019

Foreign Service Officer Test The U.S. Embassy is happy to announce that we will be offering the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) here in Papua New Guinea! The testing date will be on Wednesday, June 5 from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Embassy here in Port Moresby. The U.S. Department of State employs adventurous, adaptable, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (April 1, 2019)

Location: Solomon Islands in general, but these areas in particular: Fateleka (north Malaita) Malu (north Malaita) Gizo (Western province) West Honiara Central Guadalcanal – Hells Point Event: National Elections will be held in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, April 3rd, and there will be 1040 polling booths throughout the country.  It will take between 3 …

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U.S. Government and MND Launch Marine Environmental Education Teacher’s Guide

U.S. Government and MND Launch Marine Environmental Education Teacher’s Guide   Kimbe, West New Britain: The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a teacher’s guide for primary schools that will educate Papua New Guinea students about their marine environment and the need for conservation. Through its Pacific-American Climate Fund, …

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PRESS RELEASE – U.S. VISA FEE CHANGES

Effective March 4, 2019, the following visa reciprocity schedule for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) categories for Papua New Guinea citizens will come into effect.  These changes will increase the fee and/or decrease the validity for the visa categories below, and are commensurate to those imposed by the Government of Papua New Guinea on U.S. citizens. Former …

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Solomon Islands Welcomes MCC Program

Solomon Islands Welcomes MCC Program Solomon Islands, Honiara: Solomon Islands is the newest country  to participate in the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Threshold program, which is designed to spur economic growth and reduce poverty, and strengthens the ties with the United States forged during WWII and beyond. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela, in welcoming the …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (February 13, 2019)

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (February 13, 2019) Location: Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; Potential Tropical Cyclone region-wide. Current for Rennell & Bellona, Makira and Temotu Provinces in the Solomon Islands; and Santo and Malakula Islands in Vanuatu Event:  Tropical Cyclone Oma – According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), …

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Security Alert for Alotau, Milne Bay Province – January 24, 2019

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (January 24, 2019) Location: Alotau, Milne Bay Province Event: Violence has been reported in Alotau, involving the destruction and looting of properties, the theft of a hotel ATM and the shooting deaths of a number of people. Local police have locked down the city and …

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U.S. Embassy Closed on Dec. 24th, 2018

To All U.S. Citizens, The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby would like to inform the public that the Embassy will be closed on Monday, December 24th, 2018, due to the Executive Order issued on December 18th. This is in addition to the already announced Embassy closure for the public holidays on Tuesday, December 25th and Wednesday, …

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U.S. Embassy Consular Update – December

The U.S. Embassy would like to wish you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season! Please note that while the Embassy will be closed on December 25 and 26, we will be open for regular business hours the rest of the month. And of course we are always available in the case of …

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Security Alert for Port Moresby – November 20, 2018

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (November 20, 2018) Location: Port Moresby and potentially other cities throughout the country. Event: Members of the PNG Police, PNG Defence Force and Correctional Services Officers marched on the Parliament Haus today, demanding immediate payment of allowances for APEC-related work. They caused damage to the …

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THE PAPUA NEW GUINEA ELECTRIFICATION PARTNERSHIP

THE PAPUA NEW GUINEA ELECTRIFICATION PARTNERSHIP Papua New Guinea has invited Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States to work together to support its enhanced connectivity and the goal of connecting 70% of its population to electricity by 2030. Currently only about 13% of Papua New Guinea’s population have reliable access to electricity. Access …

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JOINT STATEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AUSTRALIA, AND JAPAN ON THE TRILATERAL PARTNERSHIP FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2018 JOINT STATEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AUSTRALIA, AND JAPAN ON THE TRILATERAL PARTNERSHIP FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN THE INDO-PACIFIC Today, the governments of the United States, Australia, and Japan, sharing a commitment to maintain and promote an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, inclusive, …

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United States Coast Guard to Bolster APEC Security

United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Catherine Ebert-Gray and Royal Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner and Joint Security Task Force Commander, Gary Baki, today renewed their country’s cooperative efforts towards security assistance during APEC Leader’s Week through an unprecedented memorandum of understanding between the two countries. “APEC Leader’s Week marks the culmination of Papua …

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Ambassador Ebert-Gray acknowledges PNG US Military ties

Thank you Commander Louis Allow me to extend a very special welcome to Commander Louis and his crew of the USS Michael Murphy and a tremendous shout out to the women and men in uniform from both the U.S. Navy and the PNG Defense Forces. I am so pleased to see you all here in …

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PNG Suspends Visas-on-Arrival for the Month of November

In a letter sent to all airlines Friday afternoon (Oct 12), and confirmed by the Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha Monday morning (Oct 15), the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) is imposing a temporary suspension of Visas-on-Arrival for all tourists and visitors from October 30 to November 30. This suspension will not …

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PNG, US Sign Agreement on board USS Michael Murphy

Signing Remarks of Ambassador Ebert-Gray, October 7, 2018, USS Michael  Murphy I am proud to be standing here with my now long-time friend, and trusted partner, Minister Pato. The document we just signed demonstrates the earnest intent, on behalf, of both of our governments, to deepen security links between our two nations. I am confident …

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Papua New Guinea Travel Advisory Updated – July 25, 2018

Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime, civil unrest, and a polio outbreak. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory . Do Not Travel To: The Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province due to civil unrest. Reconsider travel to: Areas near the Panguna mine in Bougainville due to civil unrest. The …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Port Moresby – July 13, 2018

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Port Moresby – July 13, 2018 Location: Papua New Guinea On July 12, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a Level 2 Travel Warning for Papua New Guinea (PNG) regarding the recent outbreak of Polio in the Morobe Province. The recent World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Polio Eradication Initiative announcements also list PNG as a Polio outbreak country. Actions to Take: The …

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA: TIER 3

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: TIER 3  The Government of Papua New Guinea does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore Papua New Guinea was downgraded to Tier 3. Despite the lack of significant efforts, the government took some steps to address trafficking, …

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Papua New Guinea – Updated Travel Advisory – June 2018

Papua New Guinea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution     C U N   Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime and civil unrest.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To:   ·         The Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province due to civil unrest.   Reconsider …

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PNG Epidemiologist to Enhance Knowledge in the States

PNG Epidemiologist to Enhance Knowledge in the States   Port Moresby: The U.S. Embassy in Papua New Guinea is pleased to announce that Dr. Mathias Bauri, the only Epidemiologist for the National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea, flew out of Port Moresby today to participate in a U.S. Government sponsored International Visitors Leadership …

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Security Alert – Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province (June 20, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (June 20, 2018)   Location: Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province    Event: Recent government protests and tribal fighting have caused major destruction to government buildings and public infrastructure. Police have been unable to keep public order or prevent the destruction of property. U.S. …

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USAID Supports Papua New Guinea Implement Green Climate Fund Readiness Support Project

USAID Supports Papua New Guinea Implement Green Climate Fund Readiness Support Project   On May 29, USAID’s Ready Project facilitated a Joint Organizational Assessment validation workshop with the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The CCDA is Papua New Guinea’s apex organization for coordinating Government’s climate resilience efforts and …

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USAID, NRDF Mark Completion of Community and Environmental Resilience in Solomon Islands

USAID/NRDF complete Climate Project in Solomon Islands   Choiseul, Solomon Islands: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently marked the completion of a partnership that has promoted environmental and community resilience in the Western and Choiseul Provinces of Solomon Islands. Through the project, USAID and NRDF trained and assisted eight Solomon Islands communities …

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Young Pacific Leaders from Vanuatu Receive U.S. Grant

Young Pacific Leaders from Vanuatu Receive U.S. Grant Elsie Bong, an IT Manager with the ANZ Bank in Vanuatu, is one of the twelve recipients in the U. S. Department of State’s 2018 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Small Grants Program. She was selected for her project Malasitabu Project aimed at supporting Malasitabu Primary School through …

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U.S. State Department Announces 2018 Young Pacific Leaders Grant Recipients

U.S. State Department Announces 2018 Young Pacific Leaders Grant Recipients Salome Aba, a teacher from St. Josephs International School in Port Moresby, received one of the twelve grants awarded by the U. S. Department of State to participants in the 2018 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Program. She and her co-worker Vagi Malaga received funding for …

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PNG Travel Advisory – Updated May 2018

Papua New Guinea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution  –   C U N Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime and civil unrest.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Areas near the Panguna mine in Bougainville due to civil unrest. the Southern Highlands, Hela, and …

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U.S. – Pacific interactions: An account of the 2018 Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Hawaii.

U.S. – Pacific interactions: An account of the 2018 Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Hawaii. Banga, Chris. 12 February 2018 Introduction The 2018 Young Pacific Leaders Conference was convened at the East-West Center, Honolulu from the 15 – 18 January 2018. The EWC in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State selected 37 participants from …

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ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH, 2018

ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH, 2018 EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Public Affairs Section Partnering with Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu For Immediate Release May 01, 2018 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have contributed immeasurably to …

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USAID, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Hold Workshop to Boost Private Sector Engagement

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat joined the Government of Papua New Guinea in opening a workshop to help improve private sector access to climate change financing and promote private-public partnerships. Forty participants attended the workshop, including representatives from the national government …

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Security Alert – Increase in violence in Madang region

The U.S. Embassy Port Moresby advises all U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Papua New Guinea that the Embassy has temporarily limited travel for U.S. Embassy employees to the Madang region because of a sudden increase in violence following the April 2 murder of a local teacher. The town’s water supply has also been cut …

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Upcoming Consular Services – Date Change

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce our next visit to Vanuatu. A Consular Officer will be in Port Vila on Friday, April 20th (not Thursday) from 10am – Noon at Jill’s Café (downtown Port Vila). Please contact the Consular Section to make a specific appointment time. The consular section may not have …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Passport Fee Increase

U.S. Passport Fee Increase   Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.  Accordingly, the total passport fee for …

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USAID Assists Earthquake Victims in PNG

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is providing $100,000 through the International Organization for Migration to offer relief supplies, water and sanitation assistance for earthquake-affected areas in the Highlands region. United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Catherine Ebert-Gray expressed great …

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NGO Program Officer to learn from United States Experience

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The U.S. Embassy in Papua New Guinea has selected Mary Boni, Senior Program Officer at the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC), to participate in a professional development program for managers of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Ms. Boni was selected based on her long and substantial career with NGOs in PNG, …

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Travel Advisory: Update Following Recent Earthquakes in PNG

Updated Travel Advisory Papua New Guinea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution C U N Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory . Reconsider travel to: • Areas near the Panguna mine in Bougainville due to civil unrest. • The Highlands …

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U.S. Ambassador Hosts APEC Opening Gala

United States Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray kicked off the 2018 APEC year on Tuesday, February 20, with a reception for members of the PNG APEC Coordination Agency and other stakeholders to demonstrate the United States’ strong commitment to support PNG in hosting a successful series of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. More than 3000 representatives …

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Ambassador’s Woman of Courage Award Nominations Open

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Ambassador’s Woman of Courage Award. The Woman of Courage Award honors women who are making history in their countries and communities through their work to better their societies, to fight discrimination or strife, and …

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Applications for the 2019-2020 Humphrey Fellowship Program Open

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2019 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for citizens of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The ten-month fellowship consists of academic coursework and an internship in a relevant professional organization. Fellows are accomplished mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership and the capacity to develop a self-defined program …

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Weather Alert – Potential Tropical Cyclone

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (January 23, 2018) Location: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; Potential Tropical Cyclone region-wide. Event:  A band of low pressure south of the equator is currently present. A large low pressure system is forecast to significantly drop in pressure towards the coming weekend potentially …

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Papua New Guinea students bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy Sports Visitor Program

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is pleased to send an all-female soccer team from three secondary schools in the National Capital District on a Sports Visitor Program in the United States. This Sports Visitor Program will be the first-ever for Papua New Guinea that follows the very successful Sports Envoy Program …

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Message for American Citizens: Consular Update – December

The U.S. Embassy would like to wish you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season! Please note that while the Embassy will be closed on December 25 and 26, we will be open for regular business hours the rest of the month. And of course we are always available in the case of …

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News from the Consular Section

We wish you all a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving this Thursday, and hope you can spend it with family and friends wherever you are in the world! Please know that we are here for you if you need us, and we are always happy to hear “good news” from you, as well as assisting with …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 2017-2018 South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season Travel Alert

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby advises U.S. citizens visiting or residing in the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area. While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current south pacific tropical cyclone season begins on November 1, 2017, and ends April 30, 2018.  …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Unrest in Honiara, Solomon Islands

The United States Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea wishes to advise American citizens living in and around Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, to be aware of the current political situation and to avoid crowds or areas around Parliament House, the central market, and the Prime Minister’s complex. A motion of no confidence in …

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US Embassy Sealed Bid Auction

Auction Date:Saturday October 26, 2019 Sealed bids will only be accepted from 09:00am-3:00pm. Inspection of property can be done on Wednesday October 23, and Thursday, October 24, between the hours of 09:00 and 15:00.You can collect a map to the warehouse from the Embassy guard booth on these inspection date only or from the link …

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Security Message: Heightened Security Precautions in Port Moresby

The U.S. Embassy Port Moresby advises all U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Papua New Guinea that the Embassy has temporarily tightened its security measures for U.S. Embassy employees following a recent assault on an American citizen.   The Embassy recommends that the American community in Papua New Guinea also continually review and adjust their own …

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U.S. Government Awards 4 New Biodiversity Grants for Papua New Guinea

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby: The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched four new projects that will help Pacific Island communities protect their biodiversity and improve their resilience from extreme weather events. Through its Pacific-American Climate Fund, USAID awarded the grants to Mahonia Na Dari Research, Education and Conservation Centre, …

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Two Successfully Complete U.S. Sponsored e-Health Training in Thailand

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is happy to announce that two trainees from the National Department of Health of have successfully completed the recent e-Health Knowledge and Skills (GEEKS) program in Thailand. HIV/AIDS National Surveillance Officer, Joe Parak and IT Systems Analyst Pius Kalambe were among 150 participants from two other countries …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Evacuation of Ambae Island due to Volcanic Activity

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby advises U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Vanuatu that the government of Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency on the island of Ambae, as the Monaro Volcano remains on Alert Level 4. Provincial authorities in Ambae undertook evacuations of people in high risk areas to safer areas. Over 7,000 people …

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Papua New Guinea Journalist bound for the United States

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby has selected Meriba Tulo from Papua New Guinea to participate in the United States Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled, The Role of Journalism in a Democratic Society. Mr. Tulo is a senior reporter and anchor at EM TV, one of four television …

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Applications for the Community Solutions Program Open

IREX is currently accepting applications for the 2018–2019 Community Solutions Program (CSP) . The deadline to apply is October 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional development program for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, …

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USS Rushmore Visits Vanuatu

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann VANUATU: Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, arrived in Vanuatu for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 15. During the visit, the crew will host a reception on board, and Rushmore Sailors will have …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Papua New Guinea Independence Day

On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I offer my sincerest best wishes to you and the people of Papua New Guinea as you celebrate your national 42nd independence day on September 16. The United States and Papua New Guinea share a fruitful relationship based on mutual interests such as economic development, stability, …

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U.S. Diplomat attends Battle of Milne Bay Commemoration

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Today U.S. Embassy Port Moresby’s Chargé d’Affairs Mary Drake was in Alotau, Milne Bay Province to commemorate the Battle of Milne Bay. While in the province Ms. Drake also met with newly elected Governor, Sir John Luke Crittin and other government dignitaries. The official ceremony included a parade to the Alotau …

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Security Message: Ambryn Volcano Alert in Vanuatu

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby advises U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Vanuatu that there in an increased danger of the Ambrym Volcano erupting. The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department have issued a national advisory to the whole country and particularly to visitors and people of Ambrym that volcanic activity has increased from Level 2 to …

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U.S. Embassy, Coca-Cola, Provide Assistance to Hanuabada Fire Victims

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea:   United States Embassy Port Moresby and Coca-Cola Limited joined to provide relief aid to the villagers from Hanuabada whose homes were destroyed by fire on Saturday, August 19. The US Embassy donated bales of rice, noodles, biscuits, clothing, household goods, shoes, and toiletries while Coca-Cola Limited representatives donated 20 cases …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer coming to Vanuatu

Greetings U.S. Citizens residing in Vanuatu, The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce our next visit to Vanuatu. A consular officer will be in Port Vila on Tuesday, August 15th at Jill’s Café (downtown Port Vila). We will have appointment times from 10:00-12:00 am. Please contact us immediately to reserve a specific …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Elections and Personal Security

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby advises U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Papua New Guinea to exercise caution in and around election-related facilities as counting gets underway following the PNG 2017 General Election voting period. Election facilities, such as counting centers, can be gathering points where large crowds assemble. We also take this opportunity to remind …

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U.S. Embassy Congratulates Humphrey Fellowship Recipient

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is pleased to announce Ms. Sophia-Joy Soli, as the successful recipient of the 2017-2018 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship. Ms. Soli has been accepted for a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship program where she will explore business and supply chain fundamentals for the transport and logistics sector. She will …

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Math Tutor Receives U.S.-South Pacific Scholarship

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is pleased to announce that Ms. Bethsheba Gima is the successful recipient of this year’s U.S.–South Pacific (USSP) Scholarship Program. Ms. Gima, a Math tutor at the University of Papua New Guinea, will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Hawai‘i at …

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PNG-US Bilateral Dialogue Focuses on Common Interests

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The PNG-US bilateral dialogue on May 25 2017, focused on the common interests of the two nations. U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray reiterated U.S. support for the upcoming APEC meetings and said she was encouraged by the long-term future of Papua New Guinea. In his opening remarks, Mr. William Dihm, Acting Secretary, …

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US Immigration and Customs hosts Cross Border Financial Investigations Training

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: In a joint effort with Papua New Guinea’s Customs Service the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) recently hosted a 2-day Cross Border Financial Investigations Training (CBFIT) at the U.S Embassy in Port Moresby. From May 17-18, HSI officials provided specialized training, technical assistance and best …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Port Vila, Vanuatu

Greetings U.S. Citizens residing in Vanuatu, We hope you have all weathered Cyclone Donna without injury or damage, and wish everyone a speedy recovery! The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce our next visit to Vanuatu. A Consular Officer will be in Port Vila on Tuesday, May 23 at Jill’s Café (downtown …

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US Ambassador visits Summer Institute of Linguistics

U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, Consular Officer Michael Mitchell and Regional Security Officer Justin Lester departed from Port Moresby this morning, on a Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) flight headed for the SIL compound in the Eastern Highlands town of Ukarumpa. The Embassy officials gave briefings to the leaders of the missionary organization, and then held …

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Embassy to Celebrate International Jazz Day

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: In commemoration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the U.S Embassy Port Moresby and the University of Papua New Guinea’s Music Department invites music lovers in Port Moresby to enjoy an evening of Jazz at the University of Papua New Guinea on Sunday 30th April. The outdoor concert will be held at …

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USS Comstock, Marines set to arrive in Port Moresby for APEC-related training with PNGDF

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The amphibious landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) will make a port visit to Port Moresby on April 15-19, 2017. During the visit, U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will join the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF) in a training exercise focused on improving PNGDF’s ability …

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International Woman of Courage Returns to Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Veronica Simogun, recently honored as the East Asia and Pacific awardee for the 2017 U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award, returned to Papua New Guinea yesterday. Ms. Simogun was honored as this year’s awardee in recognition of her work as an advocate for women and children who …

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Ambassador Ebert-Gray Unveils Plans for New U.S. Embassy

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray unveiled the plans for the new U.S. embassy compound (NEC) to Government officials, stakeholders and the media today. “This new Embassy is a symbol of the importance the United States’ places on our relationship with Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands and our continued support …

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Applications Open for the 2018 Humphrey Fellowship Program

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2018 Humphrey Fellowship Program for citizens of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.  The ten-month fellowship consists of academic coursework and an internship in a relevant professional organization.  Fellows are accomplished mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership and the capacity to develop …

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Ambassador Ebert-Gray visits children at Port Moresby General Hospital

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray visited the Pediatrics Ward at the Port Moresby General Hospital, Thursday April 6 in commemoration of World Health Day. The Ambassador presented the patients with clothing, donated through the generosity of Hogan Lovells, one of the world’s largest law firms. The donation was part of the firm’s …

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Activist Awarded International Women of Courage Award

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is pleased to announce that Veronica Simogun has been honored as the East Asia and Pacific awardee for the 2017 U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. Ms. Simogun was honored as this year’s awardee in recognition of her work as an advocate for …

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United States Empowers Government of Papua New Guinea to Build Resilience

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – The United States Government, and the Government of Papua New Guinea, held a national consultation meeting on March 16, 2017 that brought together government representatives, non-government organizations, and the private sector to introduce the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) new Climate Ready project. The regional project will …

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U.S. & PNG participate in successful HIV and AIDS Program Review meeting in Bangkok

Joint efforts in the fight against HIV and AIDS will continue between the U.S. Embassy’s health teams – Center for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Agency for International Aid (USAID), and their Papua New Guinean partners at the National Department of Health and in the international community within Papua New Guinea. This follows a three-day …

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CDC & USAID lead PNG delegation for COP Review

U.S. Embassy, Port Moresby: United States Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray will join representatives from the U.S. Government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of a delegation from Papua New Guinea traveling to Bangkok for the Country Operational Plan (COP) Review meeting. The group will be joined by representatives …

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Dawn Porter: American Film Showcase Opens in Port Moresby

U.S. Embassy, Port Moresby: The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to present internationally-acclaimed American documentary filmmaker and founder of Production Company Trilogy Films, Dawn Porter, at a variety of venues in Port Moresby from March 1 – 11, 2017. Dawn Porter’s visit to Port Moresby is part of the American Film Showcase program …

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Chief Inspector Participates in U.S. Department of State’s IVLP Program

U.S. Embassy, Port Moresby: The Embassy is pleased to announce our latest International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participant, Chief Inspector Delilah Sandeka. Chief Inspector Sandeka heads the Family Sexual Violence Unit for the Royal Police Constabulary based in Port Moresby. The program Chief Inspector Sandeka will join, “Community Responsiveness: Law Enforcement Leadership,” runs from February …

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US Ambassador Ebert-Gray Visits Kudjip Nazarene Hospital

U.S. Embassy, Port Moresby: The U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is raising the capacity to provide medical care in Papua New Guinea. USAID through its Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) partnered with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Inc. to expand the staff housing at the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, in …

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USAID Partners with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries to Construct Staff Housing for Kudjip Nazarene Hospital

U.S. Embassy, Port Moresby: The U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is raising the capacity to provide medical care in Papua New Guinea. USAID through its Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) partnered with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Inc. to expand the staff housing at the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, in …

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US Ambassador Ebert-Gray visits New Tribes Mission in Goroka

US Embassy Port Moresby: US Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, Consular Chief Mike Mitchell, and Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Beverly Thacker visited the New Tribes Operations Headquarters in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province on Thursday and Friday, February 9 and 10. The purpose of the visit was to provide consular services to American citizens and meet with the …

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2017 PNG Women’s Forum, Highlands Region Hailed a Success

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby: The 2017 PNG Women’s Forum, Highlands region, has ended on a high with two major recommendations: to have separate polling lines for men and women during this year’s general elections and to revive the work of the National Council of Women. Speaking to over 500 women and men from the seven Highlands …

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United States – Vanuatu Partnership Increases Disaster Preparedness Capacity of Communities

Lonamilo, Vanuatu: Working in partnership with the U.S. government, the people of Lonamilo have taken great strides to improve community resilience through the construction of a multipurpose structure in their village. U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Catherine Ebert-Gray, led the inauguration of the structure today. She was joined by Mr. …

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