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APEC House on Schedule

Press Release

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made a site inspection of the APEC House in Port Moresby yesterday and expressed,

“The APEC house is certainly going to host one of the very most important meetings ever held in this country in November this year. This is an historic event for Papua New Guinea and for the Asia Pacific region. The Issues that are going to be discussed in this particular building will have impact on the global stage. The 21 Nations that are going to be here on that occasion will represent over 50% of global trade and 50% of the global GDP. This 21 Nations play a very important role in the global economy and the economic growth that we continue to have in the region.

The Asia Pacific is seen as the engine room for the global economic growth and the meetings are going to have enamours impact on the confidence of investors that are going to come and invest in our country. Many countries around the world and many investors especially do not have much knowledge about our country, they do not know where our country is and do not know the potential of our country. That’s why such global events like this is another opportunity for PNG to show case itself to the investment community all around the world.

PNG will be highlighted in every Television stations and Newspapers around the world in that particular week in November and that is an important exposer for Papua New Guinea. I am pleased that this particular building is taking shape according to the timetables that are being set and on schedule and PNG is looking forward to welcoming the leaders that are going to come.

I would like to announce that we have already secured the services of the P&O cruisers, three large cruise ships that will be parked here in Port Moresby at our harbour which will cater for 4,000 rooms that will adequately accommodate for all the candidates that will come in to this country, and also in addition to that, Hilton Hotel is now on schedule to be completed well before November. So I want to assure the Nation and our people that we are now ready to host this very important event.

Let me also stress again, unlike many of our critics who said that we are spending billions of Kina in terms of hosting this event we all know we don’t have such money. We have spent less than five hundred million kina by the time we finish in November. The benefits that will come to this Nation is far more than what we have spent we have spent. The billions of kina that will be attracted in terms of investment will be far more than the investment that we are making in hosting this event. So lets us embrace this occasion let us work together in welcoming our most important VIPs including the President of the United States , President of Russia , President of China, Prime Minister of Japan, and many of the other global players that we read and hear about are going to make a first time trip to Papua New Guinea, and on that occasion let us showcase our best.

Let me thank the constructors of this building. Oil Search our partners in developing this building. APEC Minister and his staff and all the construction workers and every person who is involved in this process without your contribution and without your efforts we will not make it a success. Let us stay focus and let us perform beyond our expectations to showcase the best of our ability so that we will be able to have a very successful APEC meeting in PNG.

This is our first meeting that we are hosting as a member country. We have been a member for over 20 years and we have never hosted an APEC meeting. We have been just a attendant and observer in many of this proceedings whereas many other economies have hosted it two or three times already. So it is our turn to stand up and be counted in that particular organisation, that is why we are hosting this meeting for the first time in this country. It maybe another 20 or 30 years before we host another one. So let us make the best of it when we can. As I’ve stated before, after this meeting this building will be a world class museum showcasing our arts and culture that is unique to the world, and I can assure you that this will be the number one tourist destination in the country for many years to come.”

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Tariffs Counter APEC Free Trade

By : Post Courier

THE recent moves to increase more than 900 tariffs run counter to the principles of APEC, which champions free and open trade.

This is according to the Opposition, who says the O’Neill Government should review its approach to trade as a matter of urgency so that it does not contradict priority APEC resolutions.

Shadow Minister for Treasury, Ian Ling-Stuckey, said the recent senior official’s meeting in Port Moresby highlighted APEC’s support for a rules-based, free, open, fair, transparent and inclusive multilateral trading system.

“We need to be true to APEC’s mission of ‘championing free and open trade and investment, promoting and accelerating regional economic integration,” Mr Ling-Stuckey said.

“The O’Neill Government needs to urgently review its approaches to trade as the recent moves to increase more than 900 tariffs run counter to the principles of APEC.

“We do not want to come across as hypocrites as we host this meeting, otherwise that would really be wasting opportunities from what will be an expensive summit for PNG.

“We should urgently finish the proposed second stage of the Sir Nagora Tax Review, which indicated it would look at the issue of tariffs, certainly in a more systematic and efficient manner than the recent government changes.

“We should look at better policies to get per capita growth going again and ensure the benefits are spread across our rural communities, not just some isolated projects benefitting a few.

“We need to think about getting our agricultural products to the markets of all countries in APEC, not just PNG supermarkets under protectionist barriers.

“With PNG hosting the APEC Summit in November 2018, it is important that we seize its opportunities for promoting PNG and advancing our development.

“While the Alternative Government considers that there were much better ways to promote PNG and all it has to offer, and wiser ways to invest the huge costs for the summit into health, education and infrastructure, it is now too late and it would be too embarrassing to pull out from hosting the Leaders Summit.”There are some important things we need to do to make the most of this opportunity.”

PM O’Neill Highlights PNG APEC Business Opportunities in China

Press Release

Office of the Prime Minister
Papua New Guinea

 

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has invited leading business leaders from China to join with other global leading business leaders at the APEC 2018 CEO Summit in Port Moresby next year.

Speaking alongside the Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, and Vice Premier of China, H.E. Wang Yang, at the Fortune 500 Global Forum in Guangzhou, China, this morning, the Prime Minister also promoted that key elements of the APEC 2018 agenda.

“Logistics and security preparations are underway for Papua New Guinea to receive the 15,000 delegates and businesspeople, as well as world leaders, who will attend APEC events next year,” the Prime Minister said.

“The first meeting of APEC 2018 actually began today in Port Moresby with the Informal Senior Officials Meeting, and I am advised that it is proceeding well.

“The 2018 APEC policy agenda is also evolving and has a focus on inclusion and the digital economy, which is important for people in all countries.

“The digital future, and the opportunities that are before us, are beyond anything we could have imagined just a generation ago.

“But access to these technologies must be inclusive.

“We need to make sure people right around our countries can have access to the Internet, online services and banking, particularly in remote and rural areas.

“We must endeavor to leave no-one behind, to be inclusive and share opportunity, and this is the focus of APEC work on these issues.

“As we continue to open our economies to increased trade and people-to-people contact, we there is a lot to be gained.”

In his address, and in a subsequent bilateral meeting with Vice Premier Wang, the Prime Minister highlighted the business opportunities that are evolving in Papua New Guinea for global investors.

“Papua New Guinea is not a country that will stand-by and wait for investment to come to us.

“We are proactive, and engage with partners around the world to highlight the opportunity that our economy offers.

“As Chair of APEC 2018, Papua New Guinea will be inviting thousands of senior business people to take part in APEC activities throughout the year, and this will provide and opportunity for them to see first-hand the economic potential of our country.”
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Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, with China’s Vice Premier, Wang Yang, and Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, at the Fortune Global Forum today in Guangzhou, China.

NRI : UN Will Stand As An Observer

BY MATTHEW VARI ( Post Courier )

There is no global policeman for international standards in situations where the United Nations is a witness to agreements like the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA).

That was the response to queries raised by Autonomous Bougainville Government minister for BPA implementation, Albert Punghar, on what the role and ability of the United Nations is, in regards to the agreement on Bougainville and its ability to ensure the goals are met.

Author of the referendum administration issues study for the PNG National Research Institute’s (NRI) Bougainville referendum project, Andrew Ellis, said though many would like to think so, the UN’s level of commitment does not extend to be a power in the decisions of referendum.

“The United Nations has taken the stand to witness the agreement and UN agencies are engaged in supporting Papua New Guinea and Bougainville in various ways relating to the implementation of the agreement,” Mr Ellis said.

“This suggests that there is some level of commitment, but it does not extend to being a power, because there isn’t a power for the UN to be an enforcement agency,” he said.

NRI’s fellow researcher and leading expert of referendums, Professor Matt Qvortrup, said despite the reality of political consequences that still exists with UN involvement in terms of international scrutiny, media focus and issues like the referendum can still be drummed up.

“There are a lot of political consequences for not applying with the agreement,” Professor Qvortrup said.

Prof. Qvortrup highlighted on the issue of indonesia.

“The problem for the Indonesian government is they could have probably gone to war with the East Timorese easily,” he said.

“Given the international climate at the time and the focus of the conflict they weren’t able to.”

He said there was more international focus on an administration, and there is likely people will follow that commitment.

O’Neill Explores Opportunity with QATAR

By : Post Courier

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has welcomed the opening of discussions with Qatar to initiate co-operation opportunities in the oil and gas, food production and processing and the financial sectors.

Taking part in a two-day official visit to the State of Qatar, at the invitation of its Prime Minister.

Mr O’Neill said now is the time to work with more partners in the global community to strengthen key sectors of the economy.

Meeting with Qatar’s Minister of Economy and Commerce, Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani, in Doha last night.

Mr O’Neill said there are several opportunities the two countries will pursue in the coming months.

“Qatar has an economy that shares several economic synergies with Papua New Guinea, particularly in the oil and gas sector,” he said.

“Over the past decade, they have built a leading presence in the LNG sector and works with several of the same companies as Papua New Guinea.

“While both of our countries are active in the market, there are opportunities to work together on technical issues, and there is the potential for investment.”

He said as the country prepares for the next LNG project, it is important for PNG to work with other countries and gain from their experience as well as strengthen our position as a nation.

Mr O’Neill said there is also interest in Qatar to be active in Papua New Guinea’s expanding agricultural sector.

“Strengthening domestic food security in, as well as expanding our export markets, is essential for our country.

“We have enormous potential in our agricultural sector, but we cannot do this alone. We need to be proactive in attracting foreign investment, as well as strengthening our technical and skills capacity,” Mr O’Neill said.

Qatar has made substantial investments in several countries around the world and is looking at further expansion.

“We will maintain a dialogue with the Qatar government and relevant agencies as we explore the potential for investment growth and technical co-operation with the nation,” the prime minister said.

PNG an Official APEC Hosting Nation

By : Post Courier

 

PAPUA New Guinea is now officially an APEC hosting nation after Prime Minister Peter O’Neill met with all the 21 APEC economy leaders in Da Nang, Vietnam for the 2017 Summit.

The gavel and key were officially handed to PNG on Friday.

Preparation to host APEC – Asia-Pacific – Economic Co-operation Leaders’ Summit next year is well underway.

The leaders of the 21 APEC member economies who met for a week in Da Nang are determined to take bolder and sustained collective actions to inject new dynamism into APEC co-operation.

Leaders sought to formulate a shared vision for advancing APEC’s role as a driver of economic integration and growth, an incubator of ideas for economic co-operation, a coordinating mechanism of trade agreements, and a global leader in addressing pressing problems. These will be carried on as the discussion agenda in PNG when the country hosts APEC.

This is to better position people and businesses across the Asia Pacific to navigate complex and fundamental shifts in the regional and global landscapes, building on the half century of progress achieved through voluntary, non-binding, consensus-based co-operation between APEC economies that is well suited for today’s new realities.

“APEC has shown its dynamism, adaptability and flexibility towards changes,” Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang, chair of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, said.

“The Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment, and the support for the multilateral trading system, as well as the growth of connectivity strategies and programs have provided the long-term orientations for APEC’s activities and afforded hundreds of concrete cooperation areas, including next-generation trade and investment issues.

“These have also responded to the new demands of the digital era. Yet, regional economic integration has been impeded by global uncertainties facing free and open trade,” he said.

President Quang pointed to unfolding world security and economic and social transition challenges that threaten the momentum of trade and growth recovery.

“Within a year since our last meeting in Peru, we have witnessed changes more rapid and complex than we expected,” he said.

“This requires APEC to uphold its leadership in finding new drivers for growth, trade, investment, connectivity and in finding ways to ensure that the benefits of globalisation and economic integration are equally distributed.”

Leaders are exchanging their views on how APEC can promote balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and employability; create new drivers for regional economic integration, strengthen the capacity and innovation of micro, small and medium enterprises, and enhance food security and sustainable agriculture in response to climate change, he said.

“Only by so doing, can we contribute to a peaceful, stable, dynamic, interconnected and prosperous Asia-Pacific,” President Quang said.

Pato Thanks Aust for Always Lending a Hand

By HELEN TARAWA in Vietnam (The National )

 

Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato thanked Australia for its support to Papua New Guinea in many issues including Apec 2018.

Pato, who met Australian counterpart Julie Bishop at the bilateral meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, on Wednesday, said it was always a pleasure when both ministers meet.

“It’s always a pleasure to meet at every opportunity that’s possible. That shows the bonds of friendship and ties between PNG and Australia and thank you always for the support that Australia gives to PNG,” Pato said.

“Our preparations and team work has been fantastic; we’ve built the security issues together with New Zealand and our teams have been good working together.”

Bishop said there have been a number of high level ministerial exchanges with PNG.

“We are very pleased that our prime ministers met at the Pacific Islands Forum and at the NRL grand final and we have had some very productive discussions about how to work in partnership with you in preparations for Apec 2018,” she said.

“It will be a significant even for PNG and for the Pacific and I’m looking forward to visit in mid-December and also looking forward to the Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum early next year.

“There’s so much for Australia and PNG to discuss.

“I’m pleased that we are both at this meeting before PNG’s hosting of Apec in 2018 and I’m certainly looking forward to a number of issues that are being discussed in advance to your hosting the next Apec.”

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