Fiji’s mission here in Papua New Guinea is a testimony to years of exchange and diplomatic relations. Whilst our formal diplomatic relations began with the establishment of the Fiji High Commission in Port Moresby in 1992, relations between the two countries have been on going ever since the early missionaries from Fiji led by the Reverend George Brown and the Reverend Aminio Baledrokadroka set foot on the New Guinea Islands way back in 1876.
Since then relationship between the two countries has flourished. Our only Victoria Cross recipient the late Sefanaia Sukanaivalu lies buried at the Bitapaka War Memorial in Kokopo, East New Britain as a testimony to this strong bonds of relationship. Diplomatic relations and ties was further extended with the friendship bonds forged between Pacific statesmen the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.
Our relations have been stronger as a result. We have moved from strength to strength and further exchanges in trade, people to people relationships, employment and cultural exchanges have improved as a result.
Improved technology and transportation networks has resulted in more Fiji businesses being established in PNG and likewise the multimillion dollar investments by PNG companies in Fiji.
This relationship is projected to grow steadily over the years, and the Fiji High Commission in Port Moresby plays a very strategic and important role in this growth.