"Papua New Guinea appreciates the visit by the Duke of York and the time he has taken to meet many people during the days he spent with us," Prime Minister O'Neill said.
pm duke 2015"It was also appreciated that Prince Andrew was able to formally open the Pacific Games after having performed the same duty when Papua New Guinea hosted the Games in 1991."
The Prime Minister said his meetings and discussions with the Duke of York were enlightening, and he appreciated Prince Andrew's interest in the future development of Papua New Guinea.
"Prince Andrew has a deep understanding of Papua New Guinea, and was most interested to learn more of our nation's ongoing development.
"We had the opportunity to discuss the economic growth of Papua New Guinea, and how we are expanding service delivery to our people.
"Our ongoing programs to expand education and healthcare are changing lives and opening new opportunities, particular for people in rural areas."
The Prime Minister said Papua New Guinea has seen significant advancement since past royal visits.
"Papua New Guinea has changed a great deal since Prince Andrew last visited in 1991," the Prime Minister said.
"It is less than three years since the last Royal visit when Prince Charles came to Papua New Guinea, and even over that time the infrastructure in Port Moresby and around the country has seen great development.
"I appreciate Her Majesty the Queen accepting our request for a member of the Royal Family to visit Papua New Guinea for the opening of the Pacific Games.
"I hope the Duke of York has enjoyed his visit and the opportunity to meet with many Papua New Guineans from all regions and different walks of life." [PM]