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The TRA 2 project was conceived in 2012 and 2013 following the TRA 1 project, which ended in 2011. Together, we are a team of dedicated people committed to improving the potential for international trade to contribute in an effective and sustainable manner to the growth and development of PNG, helping to reduce poverty and assist in wealth creation.

Our team consists of a number of active contributors, partners and stakeholders. Our core team and the ‘base camp’ for our activity are located in the Trade Division, within the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry, where officers focus hard on delivering the project objectives, as well as performing their official duties as members of the Trade Division. Within the Trade Division we are supported by a team of three long term Technical Assistants, or Key Experts, who are provided through a Service Contract with Cardno Emerging Markets Ltd (Brussels), also funded by the European Union in the context of the project.  In addition, through this Service Contract, Cardno are able to mobilise very specialised short-term experts who provide highly focused interventions throughout the duration of the project and who work very closely with us.

On behalf of the Government of PNG, the Department of National Planning and Monitoring also oversees the implementation of the project to ensure that it is fully integrated into PNG’s development plan.

The European Union, our development partner, has a longstanding relationship with Papua New Guinea and has been providing development support for more than 40 years now. The TRA 2 Project is one of a number of projects that is funded by the European Union in Papua New Guinea. For more information on the support that the EU provides to PNG please visit the EU Delegation to PNG website.

Trade is a very wide reaching function and policy area in any country, and PNG is no exception. To this end, we also work with a large number of stakeholders, both public and private sector, who are implicated in ensuring that trade takes place in PNG. A few of these stakeholders include, for example, PNG CustomsNational Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA), National Institute of Standards and Industrial Technology (NISIT)National Fisheries Authority (NFA)National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI)Codex AlimentariusDepartment of Agriculture and LivestockInvestment Promotion AuthorityDepartment of HealthDepartment of TreasuryPNG Manufacturers CouncilPNG Business Council and industry sector bodies.

The successes and achievements of the TRA 2 project are thanks to the commitment and dedication of all of these people.