PAPUA New Guinea is determined to further bilateral relations with Fiji to a new level, says its acting high commissioner Hera Kevau.
And it is keen for a broader expansion in the existing areas of trade and investment, technical co-operation and visits at the political and official levels.
Ms Kevau made the comments at PNG's 38th independence anniversary in Suva on Monday.
"PNG is keen to further build on economic, trade and commercial relations. Our efforts in this area are being recognised through the growing number of PNG investments in Fiji," she said.
"At the same time, we also acknowledge the increasing interest shown by Fijian companies to set-up business in PNG and we appreciate the confidence they have shown despite the challenges.
"The establishment of a Fiji/PNG Business Council, which is active in its own right, is a vehicle for progress in this area."
Ms Kevau reiterated that the O'Neill government was keen in enhancing the close relations between PNG and Fiji to facilitate with ease, access by business partners and potential investors in Fiji.
"This also includes domestic legislation and administrative arrangements, especially in immigration which need to be done in order to cater for a smoother plain field.
"At the same time, PNG is equally interested in ensuring that we are not just treated as a market destination for business but we want to build an industry base together with Fiji in order to ensure that the benefits accrued are mutual."
Ms Kevau said PNG and Fiji should utilise the technical co-operation arrangement to develop and increase bilateral co-operation, focusing attention particularly in tourism and mining industries where both countries could share the expertise.