21 May 2013

Solomon Islanders encouraged to share in PNG boom

4:47 am on 21 May 2013

The prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill has invited Solomon Islands to participate in the country's economic growth.

Mr O'Neill made his first official visit to Solomon Islands at the weekend and said it is important to assist Pacific Island communities, given the positive economic growth PNG has experienced over the past eleven years.

He says PNG would welcomed Solomon Islanders wanting to join the business sector or pursue a professional career.

He says PNG looks forward to increasing the exchange of human resources in terms of investment and other professional capacities.

Mr O'Neill also announced aid support to Solomon Islands of 46 million US dollars over the next five years.

And he provided funding of just under a million dollars to kickstart construction of the long abandoned PNG chancery in Honiara.