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PNG Maritime Boundaries Delimitation Project Minimize

The project is a national project with 20 stakeholders. It is currently headed by the Department of Justice and

Attorney General under the office of the State Solicitor. The initiation of the project is a result of PNG's obligation under the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

This project is of great significance for PNG in terms of national security, deep sea mining and of course the fishing industry. The extension of the continental shelf by another 150 kilometres from the current 200 mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) indeed extends our fishing grounds and the high seas for our commercial fishing operations. This is strategically aligned as it would take advantage of the improved Rules of Origin (RoO) under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union.

The project has done most of the data collection and is now in the verification process to verify archipelagic base points, foot of the slope (FOS) through the use of hydrograhic charts, topographic maps and satellite imagery. A final joint submission should be made with Federated State of Micronesia (FSM) and Solomon Islands to the European Commission (EC) on the Extended Continental Shelf by May 2009.