Secretary Clinton is Wheels Up and Headed for Papua New Guinea *updated*
She has left Malaysia and is headed for PNG:
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to Papua New Guinea for talks on managing an energy windfall and boosting the status of women in the deeply impoverished Pacific country.
On the first tour there by a US secretary of state since 1998, Clinton will also discuss ways to fight climate change during her talks with Prime Minister Michael Somare and other officials.
“There’s been enormous petro-finds, natural gas and the like,” Clinton’s top diplomat for Asia, Kurt Campbell, told reporters before Clinton’s tour of Asia began a week ago.
Clinton will discuss “how the current government plans to manage this tremendous windfall that will be coming to the people of Papua New Guinea,” he said.
PNG’s massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, potentially the largest ever such deal for the nation, will supply four major customers in Taiwan, Japan and China and is estimated to have a 30-year life.
But like the State Department, the World Bank is mindful of the experience of other developing countries that have experienced sudden energy investments only to become mired in corruption and political instability…
She may actually be in PNG already given the time change.
Remarks to the press prior to leaving Malaysia:
Update: Here is her daily schedule:
8:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a Pratt and Whitney Trade event, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
5:45 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton visits the Tubuserea Lavadai Mangrove Reforestation project, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
6:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Papua New Guinean Governor General Sir Paulias Matane, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
6:40 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Port Moresby, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
7:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with women leaders and NGO leaders, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
8:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
9:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a joint press availability with Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
And of course, some photos: