Solomon Islands, Fiji to help PNG

Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Rick Hou Nelson said his government will look at the possibility of sending a contingent to assist PNG with their policing during APEC.

Mr Nelson, in an interview last week, said discussions are on-going and Solomon Islands stands ready to assist PNG as it prepares to host the Summit.

“It pretty much depends on what PNG will want us to engage in. There have been some talks on assistance on policing and discussions are ongoing and Police Authorities are already in discussions,” Mr Hou Nelson told the Post-Courier.

“Solomon Islands will send its police contingent to Papua New Guinea later this year so they can assist with policing with APEC and the same, the MSG countries have been told to send their contingents’ here later for policing training.”

Mr Hou Nelson had an hour walking through the APEC Haus and after the session said he was impressed with the work being done and the preparations so far.

On the same token, Fiji and PNG signed a memorandum of understanding on police co-operation.

The Fiji Minister for Defence and National Security, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and PNG Police Minister Jelta Wong signed the MOU after the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) meeting in Port Moresby.

Ratu Inoke has also joined Pacific leaders in congratulating Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for being the chair of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit to be held in PNG.

“Mr Prime Minister, Fiji knows that 2018 is a very important year for Papua New Guinea as you prepare to host the APEC meeting in November right here in Port Moresby,” Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said

“Fiji knows too well the amount of preparations that you will engage in to host the event of this magnitude, and we wish you well in your preparations. Fiji stands ready to assist Papua New Guinea in every way possible to achieve its objectives.”

APEC is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promote free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

They include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam. Post Courier
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