BY ALEX DADAMU
SOLOMON Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has uttered admiration for his Papua New Guinea counterpart James Marape in a joint press conference organized after the two Melanesian countries held bilateral discussions during the recent state visit by the PNG Prime Minister last week.
“I acknowledge the Prime Minister’s vision and his view of how he wants to manage Papua New Guinea’s economy, a private sector-driven kind of approach,” Sogavare told Local Reporters.
Prime Minister Sogavare said Solomon Islands stands to benefit from PNG’s economy advances and successes.
“PNG’s Prime Minister’s private-sector driven kind of approach and the thinking – Government is not everything but the private sector is the engine of growth, I admire that!,” Prime Minister Sogavare expressed.
Prime Minister, Sogavare said fruitful discussions have been held during their bilateral discussions and areas of mutual interests were discussed.
He said the documents signed will certainly help both countries in areas of mutual interest going forward.
“I am excited we have reviewed the documents and we have updated versions of the document to guide our relationships going forward,” Sogavare said.
Both Prime Ministers said the signing was to formalize and guide the relationship between the Solomon Islands and PNG going forward.
“The incorporated treaty and agreement will forge newer ways to go forward for both countries”.
“Review in how we engage in policies, our shared border responsibilities, review on how we respect each other in our border areas, review how we deal with Bougainville matters. So it is really a whole ranging sector relationship in all spaces.”
The documents are called ‘Framework agreement for Economic and Development Cooperation’ and ‘Treaty guiding relationship between the Solomon Islands and PNG’.
The Visiting Papua New Guinea Prime Minister and his delegation have left the country on Saturday 29 February after 3 days of fruitful and valuable bilateral discussions.