PNG, Fiji relations grow

National, Normal

The National, Friday 03rd August 2012

STRONG economic, social and political relationship will continue to exist between Papua New Guinea and Fiji, Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio says.
Sir Michael made the statement during the presentation of credentials by the Fiji High Commissioner Romanu Tikotikokoca at the Government House yesterday.
Welcoming the new envoy, Sir Michael said after 36 years of its establishment, formal diplomatic relations had expanded through trade, technical cooperation and high level political visits by both countries.
He said both countries supported issues of common interests such as climate change and environment issues, security, good governance, poverty alleviation, economic prosperity, gender equality, education and other important aspects at international and regional forums.
“Despite the political climate of Fiji, investments from both countries continue to show evidence of increasing and flourishing business activities,” Sir Michael said.
He said increasing Fijian investments in Papua New Guinea  since 2008 following the inception of the LNG project proves that local Melanesian companies are equally competing against international companies.
Sir Michael also described Fiji’s preparations for constitutional and parliamentary democracy as positive and encouraging.