Thursday, December 25, 2008

Students are Vital to PNGs' Development

PNG Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), His Excellency Ambassador John L. Momis (sitting), Mrs. Elizabeth Momis and Ambassador’s daughter Marrycat Momis, Third Secretary of the PNG Embassy, Ms Lisa Gabina, Embassy Staff and their spouses and children together with PNG students at the Ambassador’s Residence, in Beijing, PRC. Picture and caption by Albert Tobby

By Albert Tobby and Mathew Yakai in China

PAPUA New Guinea students currently studying in China are indispensable to Papua New Guinea’s development, according to PNG’s Ambassador to China (PRC), Amb. John Momis.

“China with billion of population to educate some million students is not as important as you few PNG students. You are very important here. You are indispensable to PNGs development and cannot be replaced.” Said Amb. Momis.

Amb. Momis made the comment during the Christmas celebration at his Beijing residence which was attended by embassy staff, their spouses and PNG students in Beijing.

Ambassador Momis also thanked PNG students in their respective universities in China for being good ambassadors not only in their respective studies but promoting PNG.

“Students, your very presence in the university you are studying flies the flag of PNG. It makes a significant contribution to China in cooperation and collaboration to improve the world we are living in today,” he said.

He commend the students for taking the boldness to accept the Chinese Government Scholarship to come to China, leaving behind their family, friends and colleagues in PNG who in such a festive season like Christmas would normally have big celebrations and get together.

He encouraged the students that what they are doing in China contributes towards building a better world.

Amb. Momis also thanked the embassy staff for their loyalty and commitment towards the embassy during the period where the embassy was understaffed.

“In a small way what we have experienced is the cooperation and collaboration to bringing about what the world is about and this is also what celebrating Christmas is about.”

“Christmas is the time when Christians throughout the world celebrate the birth of Christ. Celebrating the Word of incarnate, second person of the Holy Trinity, God opted to become one of us. Celebrating Emanuel who was born unto us.” Amb. Momis said in his Christmas message.

He said Christians when celebrating Christmas is about respecting human dignity.

PNG student Albert Tobby representing PNG student’s in China thanked Amb. Momis and his wife Mrs. Elizabeth Momis for hosting the Christmas celebration.

“There is a vacuum in every PNG students studying here in China. That is the vacuum of longing for family and friends that we’ve left behind in PNG especially in such period like Christmas,” Albert said.

Albert thanked the Ambassador for filling up the vacuum with the Christmas celebration.

Published by The National newspaper:

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