Port Moresby Governor, Powes Parkop has flagged the country to visiting naval officers from Russia as an investment and tourism hub despite all the negative publicities overseas about PNG.
Mr. Parkop said the visit by the Russian navy cadet officers in their warship was historic, conveying his warm welcome to them.
During a dialogue hosted yesterday in Parliament, he commended them for showing interest in the city which is hosting the APEC – Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation – Leaders’ Summit in November.
Mr. Parkop said the visit was a testament of Moscow placing value in the Indo-Pacific region.
He said that the countries had a long history dating back to the settlement of Russian scientist and traveller Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay in the country from 1846 to 1888.
Mr. Parkop, has assured the Russians that the country is full of peace-loving and friendly citizens.
When asked about the “aggressiveness” of PNG people, he gave them the assurance that PNG was unique and safe.
“You all are visiting the country for the first time. All of you can become our ambassador. You have heard stories about us. It is good that you came to find out for yourselves to confirm that,” he said.
He said that PNG was rich in tourism spots, adding that it is the next frontier for the tourist industry.
“You have seen everywhere else around the world but you have not seen everything until you come to PNG,” Mr. Parkop said.
He admitted that like every other country in the world, PNG had its own challenges. Apart from tourism, Mr. Parkop said PNG was rich in natural resources and that he extended his warm welcome to Russian businesses to invest in the country, taking their relationship to the next level.