The National, Tuesday 16th April 2013
PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill will hold bilateral talks with his Fijian counterpart Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in Port Moresby today.
A delegation from Fiji is also here this week to hold talks with the local business community on expanding trade and business relationships.
There will also be the signing of the multi-million kina deal to introduce Vodafone into the PNG market through the securing of shares in bemobile. Details of the shareholding will be announced today but industry sources say the Independent Public Business Corporation will own 51%.
According to Fiji High Commissioner Romanu Tikotikoca, Bainimarama will be signing several memoranda of understanding with the PNG government.
PNG business council chairman Mel Togolo said the removal of tariffs on goods exported to Melanesian countries would greatly boost trade and they were looking forward to talks with the Fiji trade delegation.
Bainimarama will attend a breakfast hosted by the PNG-Fiji Business Council at the Royal Papua Yacht Club.
The Fiji police jazz band will also take part in a week-long community policing in Port Moresby.
Tikotikoca said the band was taking part in the trade mission and exhibition this week and next week carry out community policing.
The band will visit police, military and prison institutions and hospitals.
He said community policing exercise was a good opportunity for the band to promote the police force.
They will be able to tell the people how Fiji police teach people to help prevent crimes and put people in touch with social service agencies.