PAPUA New Guinea High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, His Excellency, Moses Kaul has presented his diplomatic credentials to the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Honourable Manasseh Sogavare.
The official ceremony that took place today at the Solomon Islands Government House marks the beginning of the Ambassador of High Commissioner Kaul in representing PNG in the Solomon Islands with concurrent accreditation to Vanuatu.
On that Occasion, both Prime Minister and High Commissioner Sogavare reaffirmed the current harmonious relations and close friendship that exists between the two countries. They have agreed to enhance the mutual bilateral cooperation between the two countries under the treaty on Bilateral Cooperation between PNG and Solomon Islands.
The core areas of cooperation given prominence in the discussions include amongst others, PNG foreign investments in Solomon Islands technical cooperation and Scholarship Opportunity for the development of human capital in PNG Education institutions. Papua New Guinea is one of the biggest foreign investors in most key sectors of the economy as pointed out by himself, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. More than 50 PNG investors are now operating in the Solomon Islands.
They also shared the view that the Coronavirus Pandemic has caused adverse effects on the socio-economic growth of both countries and that both countries needed to heighten security measures to safeguard the economics and peoples. Particular attention was accorded to the Cancellation of Air Niugini Operational as well as code-sharing flights between Port Moresby and Honiara and expressed fervent hope for an earlier resumption of vital Air Service between the two countries.
The Management of the common border between the two countries was also accorded prominence for the sake of national security because of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville as a neighbor with historical and cultural connections with the Solomon Islands.
High Commissioner Moses Kaul then further assured the Prime Minster Manasseh Sogavae and his Government of his close working relationship for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
Mr. Kaul is a Masters Degree Holder in International Relations from Sorbonne University and a seasoned Foreign Service officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He hails from Boromil Village in the Gumine District of Simbu Province.