O’Neill to host 2017 PNG’s Leaders Summit

By: Post Courier

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill will host the 2017 Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby this week.

The two-day annual summit will be held at Stanley Hotel starting on Wednesday.

This year’s theme is “Our five years’ achievements: Next five years in the balance”. It will be the last summit before the National Election in April.

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According to the program published in newspapers last Friday Mr O’Neill will open the summit with an address about the Government’s achievements followed by chief secretary Isaac Lupari’s summary of performance and achievement from 2013 to 2016.

Following these formalities, Treasury secretary Dairi Vele will give an update of the state of the economy, 2016 budget performance and 2017 budget framework.

Other speakers on Wednesday include ExxonMobil managing director Andrew Barry, Bank South Pacific chief executive officer Robin Fleming, Australia’s High Commissioner Bruce Davis, World Bank acting country manager Anne Tully and APEC Authority chief executive officer Chris Hawkins.

The second day will be taken up by addresses, notably from Education Secretary Uke Kombra on the tuition fee free policy impact on students’ enrolment rates, Health secretary Pascoe Kase on health sector investment’s impact on health indicators and various provincial governments and districts performances on services delivery.

The Prime Minister will close the summit.

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