A UNITED Kingdom trade mission is set to visit Papua New Guinea in October for a series of meetings with cabinet ministers and treasury officials.

Organised by company Developing Markets Associates in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Trade and Investment, the mission is a follow-up to the group’s UK-PNG Trade & Investment Forum, held in London earlier this year.

Organisers hope attendees will include representatives of some of the world’s biggest companies, providing the PNG government with an opportunity to secure new investments and deepen relationships with blue-chip companies.

Attendees will have a chance to meet with prime minister Peter O’Neill and deputy prime minister Leo Dion, as well as attending briefings with minister for Treasury Patrick Pruaitch, minister for trade, commerce and industry Richard Maru and Bank of Papua New Guinea governor Loi Bakani.

Sector roundtable meetings will also be hosted by petroleum and energy minister Nixon Duban, agriculture minister Tommy Tomscoll and mining minister Byron Chan, alongside Chamber of Mines and Petroleum president Gerea Aopi and National Petroleum Company managing director Wapu Sonk.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to carry out one-to-one meetings with business leaders and local partners in the margins of the conference, organisers said.

The event is to be held from 5 to 7 October.