PAPUA New Guinea Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill has formally welcomed Solomon Islands High Commissioner to PNG, HE Barnabas Anga to Port Moresby yesterday.
At the ceremony, Prime Minister O’Neill acknowledged and reiterated Solomon Islands contributions towards Melanesia and the wider Pacific Region in terms of social and economic developments.
He also acknowledged the Solomon Islands Government engagement with PNG’s Bank South Pacific (BSP) for the decentralization of financial services to rural areas to enhance the people’s participation in profitable and sustainable economic activities.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill also renewed his Government’s commitment to progress the PNG Scholarship Awards to Solomon Islanders studying at PNG tertiary institutions.
In response, High Commissioner Anga briefed Prime Minister O’Neill on the progresses of the bilateral relations between PNG and Solomon Islands Governments.
In terms of the PNG funded scholarships, High Commissioner Anga said the Solomon Islands Government has posted an Education Attaché at the High Commission Office to progress the implementation of the scholarship program.
On other bilateral interests, High Commissioner Anga said subsequent consultations on bilateral issues will be premised on people to people diplomacy.
“This diplomacy framework or platform will enhance consultations on improving our human resources, health of our people through sporting facilities, co-existence of our peoples along our borders and creating avenues for meaningful trade and investments among our Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in PNG and Solomon Islands,” High Commissioner Anga said.
He thanked Prime Minister O’Neill and his Government for the assistance and support to the Solomon Islands Political Parties Commission and looks forward to exploring other regulatory assistances and support that will enable a steady and real growth in Solomon Islands.
“For these consultations to be successful, commitment and dedication of like-minded institutions in these areas are pivotal, and the engagement of these institutions in consultations and dialogue must be made as early as possible in a timely manner,” Mr Anga said.
Source: OPMC Press Release