$40M from Papua New Guinea for Fiji Elections

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Honourable Peter O’ Neill has today announced that PNG will provide 50million kina (FJD40.36million) to assist Fiji prepare for elections in 2014.

Prime Minister O’ Neill made this announcement following bilateral talks between him and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at Parliament House.

Following that, both parties signed a joint communiqué calling for stronger relations between the two countries.

The funding is grant which is allocated as 25million kina (FJD20.15million) for next year(2014) and the same amount for the following year( 2015)

Both countries agreed that more opportunities exist to boost their economies and this could only be achieved through strengthening relations.

Earlier today, the two governments agreed to allow their nationals entry into PNG and Fiji without a visa.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his PNG counterpart also announced various assistance programmes highlighting the need to strengthen existing relations between the two countries.

Prime Minister Bainimarama stated that these significant developments would boost relations between the two Melanesian countries.