Security vital for APEC 2018
BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA
SECURITY preparedness is determinant to staging of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.
Minister responsible for APEC and Member for Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko said that no matter how good we are in coordinating our airport arrivals, our road movements and hotel check-ins, if security is poor, the meetings will not proceed.
“With the establishment of the APEC PNG Joint Security Task Force, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and I expect the force to be truly a ‘joint task force’.
“It will have a headquarters that does not have an army, police cell or NIO cell but will be a truly joint staffing structure.”
He said the envisaged structure would see the commander appointing people to specific roles based on the skill sets they possess, not because of the service from which they come.
Mr Tkatchenko said during the deployment phase of the operation tasks will be assigned to specific services and operational units under the JSTF umbrella.
“We thank our security partners, particularly Australia, New Zealand and the United States for their support,” he said.