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Papua New Guinea is proposing a bilateral free trade arrangement with Fiji.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill revealed his government’s intention when he addressed the Fijian Parliament in Suva Monday.
He said trade and investment between the two Melanesian nations are growing – but it could be better.
“I would like our two countries to explore options for a free trade agreement between our nations.
“Let’s look at our individual and collective strengths. Let’s look at how we can use our comparative advantages to lower prices for our people, and value-add for our industries.
PM O’Neill proposed that Fiji and PNG look seriously at and consider the feasibility of a free trade agreement.
“I will leave this to our officials to discuss and advance, and to provide their opinions to elected leaders, he told the Fijian Parliament.
He said there are a number of similarities between the approaches taken by the two countries to advance development for our people.
“In Papua New Guinea we are building more roads, airports, sea ports, colleges and university campuses, and healthcare centres than ever before.
“We have to keep providing the infrastructure that is needed for business to grow and prosper.”
PM O’Neill said he was very impressed with the infrastructure development in Fiji in recent years.
“There is a lot for us to discuss, and to share experiences, so that we can advance the lives of our people, said the PNG leader who was on a two-day state visit to Fiji.
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