Indonesia Commits $20 Million For Capacity Building In Melanesia

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Foreign Affairs Minister makes announcement during Pacific visit

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 3, 2015) – Indonesia is home of the largest Melanesian population and has committed US$20 million (K51 million) for capacity-building in Melanesian countries, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Masurdi said on Friday.

"Indonesian is home to more than 11 million Melanesian. So Indonesia is Melanesia and Melanesia is Indonesia. We share a common land border and culture with our next biggest Melanesian country, Papua New Guinea."

Masurdi spoke when meeting with her PNG counterpart Rimbink Pato in Port Moresby.

Masurdi is touring Melanesian countries PNG, the Solomons and Fiji.

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