The National, Thursday August 1st, 2013
By GYNNIE KERO in Honiara.
A LARGE Papua New Guinea trade delegation has arrived in the Solomons Islands capital of Honiara for a two-day visit to drum up business and seek investment opportunities.
Led by Trade and Commerce Minister Richard Maru, the delegation will participate in a two-day trade and investment mission beginning today.
“I have brought a large business delegation,” Maru told Solomons officials at a welcome ceremony.
“It is our intention to demonstrate that we are ready to talk to the Solomons about investment and trade opportunities in both our countries.”
“The huge size of the delegation reaffirms the close friendship between both countries and the added seriousness of the PNG private sector to support our neighbour in its development, trade and business aspirations.”
“PNG and the Solomons have been enjoying very close ties for a very long time.
“We hope that you will get an opportunity to see what PNG has to offer in terms of the products and services that will be on display during the mission.”
Maru also paid a courtesy visit to Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, yesterday.
The PNG delegation will have several bilateral meetings with Solomon officials, including one-on-one private sector meetings during the trade exhibition which ends tomorrow.