BY ALEX DADAMU
PRIME Minister Honorable Manasseh Sogavare and his Visiting Papua New Guinea counterpart Prime Minister James Marape has agreed to have annual bilateral talks and state visits to respective countries.
An agreement was reached during the bilateral talk the two Melanesian Prime Ministers held during the recent state visit by the Papua New Guinean Prime Minister last week.
Prime Minister Sogavare told local Journalists in a Joint Press Conference organized afterward that the bilateral discussions were “very fruitful” and covers areas of mutual interest of both countries.
The State Visit to the Solomon Islands by Prime Minister Marape was the first since taking office in May 2019 and was important for both countries as it will further strengthen the bilateral relations and cooperation between the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
According to the PNG Prime Minister, the visit is to consolidate on what has been a mutual benefit for both countries’ relationship since independence.
“The visit signals my intentions to step up PNG’s engagement with the Solomon Islands on areas of mutual interest.
The two Melanesian Prime Ministers during the 3-days state visit signed a treaty and development framework which they hope would further enhance the two countries’ relationship in their development goals.
PNG Business investors who are part of the PNG Prime Minister delegation has also held dialog with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI). According to Prime Minister James Marape, he brought a very strong contingent of PNG businessmen and women in his visit to the country.
“The latest figure of PNG Businesses operating in the Solomon Islands is 52 Business and the business investors who are part of my contingent are here to find more business partners and explore opportunities for business partnerships in both countries,” Prime Minister James Marape.