Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
April 16, 2013: 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.
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