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By Bibian Barreng

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Daily Post, April 17) - Papua New Guinea will be looking to Fiji to learn some of the "tricks" of the trade in tourism, as the small-island nation tops the tourism industry in the region.

Minister for Tourism and Culture Nick Kuman made note of this at the breakfast meeting on the occasion of Air Niugini’s inaugural flight to Fiji last Saturday.

"I am pleased with the interest shown by the number of people from the business community here in Fiji that attended this morning. It augurs well for the future trade relations and partnership between our two countries," Kuman said.

Kuman stressed on the healthy bilateral relationship between Fiji and Papua New Guinea which over the years had grown and was now being further strengthened with the direct air service between Port Moresby and Nadi along with other Pacific Islands.

"This marks a new milestone in developing new mutually beneficial relations not only for Papua New Guinea and Fiji but for the rest of the Pacific," he said. "Port Moresby and Nadi can now serve as the link to South East Asia, Europe, and the rest of the world. Both countries are currently experiencing favorable economic conditions and I am happy to be part of the first group of travelers on board the inaugural flight Air Niugini flight to Fiji this week (last weekend)," Kuman said.

With regards to boosting investment in Papua New Guinea, Kuman said the Somare-led government has provided a stable business climate for the last five years, which enabled the country to experience an uninterrupted economic growth, and increased investor confidence.

This has contributed to positive economic growth due also to favorable external conditions but supported by sound domestic Government policies.

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