NEW Zealand has agreed to provide technical support to PNG to boost the livestock industry and enhance sports development after recent talks between the two prime ministers.
Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare said this in a statement from Singapore yesterday where he discussed with his NZ counterpart John Key with both acknowledging that bilateral relations were in good shape.
The leaders agreed there would be support in agriculture, particularly in reviving the livestock industry in PNG and the provision of coaches and technical personnel in the development of sport.
Meanwhile, Sir Michael said he was aware of a lobby to have Fiji participate in the next Commonwealth Games.
He said the Commonwealth had set a precedent where “fully suspended” members were excluded from participating in the games, adding that he also regretted the multiple expulsions of respective resident diplomatic heads from the three countries.
Sir Michael also confirmed that he would undertake an official visit to New Zealand in the first quarter of next year and extended an invitation to Mr Key to visit PNG.