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Thursday, August 24, 2006

SI applauds the Agreement on Development cooperation with Papua New Guinea

Solomon Islands has applauded the Agreement on Development Cooperation with Papua New Guinea as providing valuable assistance in enabling Solomon Islands to meet its development needs.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, HE Mr Bernard Bata’anisia, made the comments at a media briefing in Port Moresby last week, with the visiting Solomon Islands Ombudsman and the Chairman of the Leadership Code Commission.

Their visit to Papua New Guinea was made possible by the Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission Office.

The Agreement on Development Cooperation was signed in March last year between the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Rt Hon Grand Chief, Sir Michael Somare and his Solomon Islands counterpart, Hon Sir Allan Kemakeza.

“The Agreement contains a combination of practical activities and programmes designed to contribute to development, self-reliance and capacity building between the two countries,” High Commissioner Bata’anisia said.

“The Agreement is wide ranging and covers many different fields, including exchange of advisors, consultants, provision of judges, magistrates and judicial officers as well as providing training opportunities for academics and researchers.”

High Commissioner Bata’anisia commended both the Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission and the Solomon Islands Ombudsman Offices for undertaking the visit as a clear manifestation of both Governments determination to putting into practice their Cooperative Arrangement efforts.

“Solomon Islands judiciary is also another example where the Papua New Guinea Government is providing assistance in a form of magistrate working in Solomon Islands under this arrangement.

“I am looking forward to seeing closer working relationship between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission Offices,” High Commission Bata’anisia said.

The Ombudsman, Mr John Smith Pitabelama and the Chairman of the Leadership Code Commission, Mr Emmanuel Kohouta, were in Port Moresby last week, holding discussions with the Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission Office.

Source: Government Communications Unit

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