Japan to support PNG prepare for APEC 2018
JAPAN will continue to support Papua New Guinea in its preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum in 2018, Ambassador Mario Matsumoto says.
Speaking at the celebration of 83rd birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, The National Day of Japan in Port Moresby last Thursday, Matsumoto said the government of Japan this year began taking significant steps to assist PNG in preparing for APEC.
He said the Japanese embassy had worked closely with Papua New Guinea Defence Force to provide support, which included the donation of new musical instruments and technical cooperation to train the band members.
“We look forward to seeing the military band equipped with new Japanese musical instruments welcoming the APEC leaders in 2018,” he said.
“These instruments will enable members of the band to start practising well before the arrival of the new musical instruments procured by the official grant program by the government of Japan.
“It is very encouraging to see that many Japanese both in public and private sectors join hands to support PNG in tangible ways.
“Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato and I signed an agreement for a grant programme in April to provide Japanese including buses and ambulances vehicles for APEC 2018 Coordination Authority.”
Matsumoto said Japan maintained close cooperation with Papua New Gguinea to enhance regional and international peace and security in multilateral fora such as the United Nations.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had lunch with Pato, who represented Papua New Guinea and other leaders of Pacific Islands Forum states in New York, United States, in September during the UN General Assembly meeting.