Papua New Guinea

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Independent State of Papua New Guinea
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Location  Oceania
Capital  Port Moresby
Area  462,840 sq km
Population  7,027,332
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  • In a research, published on 11 January 2012, scientist revealed they have discovered world's smallest frog in Papua New Guinea.[1]

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  • Papua New Guinea's Regina Edward won gold in the women’s shot put F44 at the 2016 Paralympic Asia-Oceania Championships in Dubai.[2]

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  • Bal Kama of Papua New Guinea was named as the Commonwealth Pacific Young Person of the Year 2016 for founding Kama Scholars Foundation, a grassroots initiative that empowers disadvantaged young people.[3]

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  • Papua New Guinea and Australia on 21 March 2014 signed a new economic co-operation treaty during Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's first formal visit to Port Moresby. The new agreement is expected to be the cornerstone of business and trade relations between the two countries.

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  • Veronica Tamar Simogun, current Director of the Family for Change Association based in Wewak, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, was honoured with the United States Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 2017.[4]

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  • Steven Kari of Papua New Guinea won gold in Men's 94kg Weightlifting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

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  • Kevin Conrad, a Papua New Guinean environmentalist, a tropical forest and climate campaigner, was awarded the prestigious Champions of the Earth award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on April 22, 2009. He received the award for campaigning for the environmentally sustainable economic growth both in developing and industrialized countries.

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  • Australia has agreed to help Papua New Guinea improve its policing as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her Papua New Guinea counterpart Peter O'Neill signed a joint declaration on 10 May 2013. The leaders also signed an enhanced defense arrangement that will see annual meetings of defense ministers and provide for closer co-operation.

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  • Papua New Guinea became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 9 June 1996.

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  • Papua New Guinea won gold at the Port Moresby 2015 Rugby League 9s, defeating Samoa 38-10 in a gold medal match.

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  • Papua New Guinean tennis star Abigail Tere-Apisah won gold in all four of the events in which she competed at the 2015 Pacific Games, along with her fourth gold medal win on 17 July 2015 beating New Caledonia’s Yaelle Honakoko 6-1, 6-1 in the women’s singles final.[5]

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  • Steven Kari won gold for Papua New Guinea in the men's 94KG weightlifting event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.[6]

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  • The Papua New Guinea government on 14 August 2015 announced a ban on the import of 10 varieties of fruits and vegetables in an effort to boost domestic production. The ban may turn out to be provisional, however, is expected to remain in place until dialogue and protocols are established with the countries’ of origin.[7]

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  • A two-year pilot program promoting economic and community development and disease prevention in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province secured $1.85 million from the Australian Government, as revealed on 5 September 2014.[8]

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  • The governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia have developed an Economic Cooperation Treaty, according to an official announcement on 6 December 2012. Once ratified it will commit the countries to work on trade, investment and business cooperation.

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  • Airways Hotel Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea was named World's Leading Airport Hotel at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2015 in Morocco.[9]

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  • Papua New Guinea's Abigail Havora was crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2015 in a ceremony held in Rarotonga.

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