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PNG PM queried over Air Niugini catering using Fijian Made Water

August 30
10:09 2014

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister O’Neill was taken to task to explain why Papua New Guinea’s flag carrier Air Niugini was still serving Fijian made water and Australian made biscuits in all its international flights.

Maprik MP John Simon, who is also one of the assistant Speakers of Parliament, said he was disappointed travelling on national carrier Air Niugini and served with foreign food and drinks.

“Fiji water must be sweeter than PNG water,” Mr Simon told Parliament.

“Mr Speaker, Air Niugini is our flag carrier,” he said.

“So why is it that they still serve biscuits made in Australia and Water made in Fiji when we have our own water and biscuits made right here in PNG?” Mr Simon questioned Mr O’Neill.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill agreed that they should be looking at promoting our own products and it didn’t display well for a PNG flag carrier to serve other country’s products.

O’Neill said one reason was because of the price of the goods and how Air Niugini was being cost efficient and saving costs by buying products from abroad.

However, he said he will definitely have an audience with the Minister responsible so that the PNG Made products could be taken on-board international flights on Air Nuigini.

This would promote our local industries and would further create employment opportunities for more Papua New Guineans, the Prime Minister said.

Source: Post Courier

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