Future City Concept Embraced
In a statement the governor said: “We are investing heavily in Port Moresby as a future city. As you know one of the highest objectives is the welfare of all that reside in the city,” he said.
“So I am encouraged when I see the determination and enthusiasm of the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce, its members, the delegates and the businesses that have shown their support for the Summit.
“Next year Papua New Guinea will be in the world spotlight when we host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Already there are massive preparations underway for this event in our capital city.
“I am heartened that the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce is leading the way in opening an important dialogue in to how our capital city should operate,” he said.
The governor will host a pre-summit cocktail function on the evening of Monday August 21, along with Sakias Tameo, Acting High Commissioner of PNG to Australia and James Ovia, Consul General, based in Brisbane.
An invitation has been sent to all summit delegates, speakers and Summit Expo exhibitors to attend the pre-summit cocktail function.
Governor Parkop is also due to give his vision statement for Port Moresby on Day 1 of the Summit, Tuesday August 22.
He will then join Bank South Pacific the platinum sponsors of the summit, in the evening as host of a gala dinner.
Highlights of this evening meet will include a on-stage chat between journalist Kathy Novak and inspirational Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan Damien Thomlinson and a newly emerging PNG “girl band” The Vibe.
Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer David Conn, said: “This is indeed the beginning of the future for Port Moresby, and the reinforcement of a close working relationship between the Chamber and NCDC.”