Joint Declaration of Principles

The Joint Declaration of Principles (JDP) signed by the Australian Prime Minister, Robert J. L. Hawke, and the PNG Prime Minister, Paias Wingti, in December 1987 formalized a new phase in the PNG/Australia relationship. The JDP covers a wide range of issues, including defense, trade, investment, development assistance, consular relations, communications and border administration. Where necessary, these issues are reviewed at the PNG-Australia Ministerial Forum of which there had been five meetings to December 1992. In 1992 the JDP was revised to include references to the Agreed Statement on Security Cooperation and the Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investments.

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