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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has told his Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru to meet with his Fijian counterpart Faiyaz Koya and resolve developing trade issues between the two countries.
O’Neill told Fijivillage that they want to clear the misunderstanding between the two countries.
He says he does not want to upset the growing trade relationship between Fiji and PNG.
“There are some misunderstanding about which product qualify to come to each of our countries. What we want eventually is free trade between our countries and also MSG countries.
I've told Minister Richard Maru and his team to sit down with our colleagues in Fiji to overcome some of this misunderstanding that is caused by restriction on one or two products. Its not a big issue i think we will overcome that and build on it,” O'Neill said.
Maru told Papua New Guinea media on Thursday that a submission has been made to the National Executive Council (NEC) to sever all imports of Fijian goods into Papua New Guinea.
Maru said PNG is putting its foot down as Fiji has failed over the last 15 years but particularly in the last five months, to justify their continued refusal to allow PNG goods into their markets.
He called Fiji a ‘dishonorable country’ which has failed to honor trade agreements the two countries signed under the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) trade agreement in 1998.
SOURCE: FIJI VILLAGE/PACNEWS
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