PNG, Solomon seal cable deal

PAPUA New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Australia have marked the start of a $137 million project to lay an undersea internet cable between the three countries.
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Peter O’Neill, left, with Malcolm Turnbull and Rick Houenipwela

Staff Reporter

In Brisbane, Prime Ministers Peter O'Neil, Malcolm Turnbull and Rick Houenipwela witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for the project to go ahead.
 
Australia is spending nearly $137 million to lay the cable and Turnbull described it as a "very practical way" of providing foreign aid.
 
"We spend billions of dollars a year in foreign aid, and this is a very practical way of investing in the future economic growth of our neighbours in the Pacific," he said.
 
In June, Australian company Vocus was awarded the $136.6 million contract to manage the construction of the 4000km cable.

 

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