Trade Minister Craig Emerson attends the annual Ministerial Council Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
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Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Matt Thistlethwaite visited the Solomon Islands in May, where he represented Australia at the Forum Ministerial Standing Committee on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and launched a new round of the Pacific Sports Partnership.
Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Peter O'Neill signed the Joint Declaration for a New Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership. The Declaration reflects the contemporary bilateral relationship and affirms both countries' commitment to deepening ties and working together in the region.
Parliamentary Secretary Thistlethwaite representing the Prime Minister at a Ceremonial Welcome and State Lunch hosted by the Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, for His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.