BY ALEX DADAMU
VISITING Papua New Guinean Prime Minister James Marape in his recent visit to the country last week has revealed that PNG will be offering 50 scholarships a year for Solomon Islanders to study in PNG for the next five years.
One of the significant areas discussed in the bilateral discussions by the two Melanesian Prime Ministers was PNG’s support to the Solomon Islands’ tertiary education sector.
According to Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape, PNG was able to settle on the number of scholarships that they are going to award Solomon Island each year.
“We proclaim our intention to sponsor 50 students every year for the next 5 years on any courses the government feels that students must go and study. We will also go back and look at other spaces where Solomon Islanders who want to study in PNG apart from the ones we sponsor,” he said.
The Visiting PNG Prime Minister James Marape in the meantime has also announced PNG commitment of offering 40 million Kina towards Solomon Islands preparation for the upcoming Pacific Games 2023.
“In Past Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands have been together and so the future must be together and today is just one punctuation mark in our relationship,” Prime Minister James Marape expressed.