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Fijian Prime Minister Bainimarama Commends Fiji-Papua New Guinea Business Council for Promoting Growth

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has commended the PNG – Fiji Business Council for its work towards promoting growth between the two countries.

At a breakfast hosted by the PNG Business Council today, the head of government pointed out the work of the council was stimulating this growth.

“They’re an important component of our overall effort to encourage trade, investment and technical and economic co-operation between FIji and PNG. Business clearly is working in partnership with Government. We share the same commitment to expand that relationship,” PM Bainimarama said.

“The Fijian Government values the role of these Business Councils in providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and contributing those ideas to the national policy debate. Business is a key component in assisting Government to get our policy settings right. We all see trade and investment as the key generator of development and the means to provide our peoples with adequate and sustainable livelihoods”.

The Prime Minister highlighted that Fiji’s transition and its development over the years positions both countries to grow stronger.

“At the same time, Fiji is at the crossroads of the Pacific. It has a developed financial sector, a strong manufacturing base and a well educated work force,” PM Bainimarama said.

“As nations, we already have immense potential. Combined, we have even more. We have the means and the resources to take ourselves and our neighbours to another level of development if we work more closely together.”

This morning’s business breakfast saw members of both the Fiji and PNG business sector look at ways of improving current relations.

The Prime Minister will continue his State visit in the Melananesian capital later today and will meet with his PNG counterpart, the Honourable Peter O’Neill.

Papua New Guinea Calls for Stronger Relations with Fiji

The Prime Minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea has called for stronger relations to be established with its Melanesian neighbour, Fiji.

Hosting his Fiji counterpart to a state dinner last night, PNG’s Prime Minister Honourable Peter O’Neill said that more efforts needed to be put in place to strengthen current relations.

Prime Minister O’Neill is hosting the Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on his state visit to PNG. In his address at the state dinner last night, Prime Minister O’Neill pointed out the need for senior officials from both sides to meet regularly.

“Of course we are two big brothers in the region and it is important that we continue to maintain these relations through more cooperative arrangements so that we can continue to consolidate, diversify and strengthen our relations between the two countries”, Prime Minister O’Neill said.

“Our government is keen on exploring the opportunity to establish a bi-annual senior officials meeting to enable our officials to have regular contacts and consultations with a view to formalising relations in the key sectors”.

In his response, Prime Minister Bainimarama agreed that more opportunities exist to strengthen current relations.

“We have already developed close trade and investment ties but there is room to do much more. Which is why I am leading the first ever official Fijian trade delegation to Papua New Guinea and the biggest delegation Fiji has sent to any country”.

“We are the leading nations in Melanesia and the wider region -you with your large market and immense mineral and energy resources, Fiji with its manufacturing sector and, skilled and educated workforce at the crossroads of the Pacific”.

Prime Minister Bainimarama highlighted that despite the need to strengthen relations to stimulate growth for both countries, opportunities needed to be created within the region.

“Enhancing our own trade and investment links will not only benefit our economies but the economies of our smaller island neighbours”, PM Bainimarama said.