Papua New Guinea PRIME Minister James Marape says the country will soon procure its medicine and pharmaceutical supplies directly from India.
“I am looking to procure drugs for my people straight from the source, instead of getting medicine from a secondhand supplier,” Marape added.
“India is the pharmacy of the world so to speak.
“So we want to go straight to the source, instead of through contracted suppliers.”
Marape said India was becoming a dominant economy in the world and would be a good development partner for PNG in terms of trade and investment.
He made the remarks last night before a dinner for the visiting Pacific Islands Forum leaders attending the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (Fipic) summit in Port Moresby.
He said there would be many things discussed during the Fipic summit.
Marape said he was expected to hold meetings with leaders of the other Pacific Island nations.
“I am having specific meetings with all nations coming in,” Marape explained.
“We expect to deliver seven memorandum of understanding (including) opening access to pharmaceutical products,” he said.
Marape was keen to meet his fellow Pacific Island leaders.
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