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PNG PM says trade impasse not a big issue

March 20, 2017 5:01 am

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister – Peter O’Neil says a brewing trade impasse between PNG and Fiji is an issue that can be sorted out.

His comments come in light of the PNG’s Trade Minister Richard Maru last week filing a submission to cut all imports of Fiji’s goods into PNG.

“There’s some misunderstandings about which products qualify to come to each of our countries, but what we want is to eventually have free trade between our countries and also MSG countries and we are encouraging, I’ve told Minister Maru and his team to sit down with our colleagues in Fiji to overcome some of these misunderstandings that is being caused by restrictions on one or two products.”

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Maru was reported in PNG media saying that Fiji was a dishonourable country which failed to honour trade agreements between the two states signed under the MSG trade agreement in 1998.

It’s understood that the products of contention are PNG’s famous bully beef Ox Palm, Trukai Rice and biscuits.

Maru maintains that these goods are only allowed into Fiji in household quantities with commercial volumes restricted.

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