NANISE LOANAKADAVU | The Fiji Times
Presenting his credentials to governor general Sir Michael Ogio, Fiji's High Commissioner to PNG, Romanu Tikotikoca [pictured], said Fiji and PNG had enjoyed close and friendly relations ever since the arrival of the first missionaries from Fiji in 1875.
Tikotikoca, who was previously Fiji’s police commissioner, said Fiji was grateful to the PNG government and people for their understanding during the recent difficult times his country had encountered.
Speaking of progress towards democracy in Fiji, Mr Tikotikoca said the commencement of constitutional consultations and launch of the voter registration process confirmed Fiji's commitment towards fundamental reforms of democratic and government institutions.
He said the government was serious about its intentions to rebuild Fiji into a stable, peaceful and truly democratic nation.
Sir Michael Ogio said that following the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in September 1975, the association between the two countries have been cordial.
"Relations expanded through the area of trade, technical co-operation and high levels of political visit by both countries, which re-enforced the commitment to each other in our relationship over the last thirty six years," he said.
He said despite the political climate of Fiji, investments from both countries continued to show evidence of increasing and flourishing business activities.