9 Oct 2009

PNG and Fiji political leaders contest Fiji golf tournament

1:54 pm on 9 October 2009

Political leaders and businessmen from Fiji and Papua New Guinea will be battling it out on the golf course this weekend in the annual Ratu Mara Somare Cup challenge.

The competition, which was first held more than 20 years ago, will this year be hosted by Fiji at the Natadola Bay championship golf course on the Coral Coast for the first time.

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama is not expected to play but a former Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, who is a past winner of the title, says he will be at the event.

"It is an island annual event and it's also a great opportunity for indigenous business people from Papua New Guinea and business houses in Papua New Guinea and business houses and indigenous businsess men in Fiji get together and play golf."

Sitiveni Rabuka says the PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and a contingent of politicians, government officials and businessmen will be competing.