BY ROSALYN ALBANIEL
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday announced plans to have the APEC Haus, converted into a museum after the country hosts the 2018 APEC summit.
Mr O’Neill, who was the guest speaker at the 2017 Prime Minister’s Breakfast organised by the Business Council of PNG (BCPNG). The event which was packed to capacity.
Prior to announcing these plans, Mr O’Neill clarified that, contrary to the assertions of critics that the government was spending billions of kina to host this event was not true.
“We don’t have billions to spend to host APEC summit. The government is trying to deliver this in a most cost effective manner possible.
“As I said some of the infrastructure which is APEC related is what we will use in the future, like the APEC Haus.
“Once the event is finished, we will convert it into a museum to display our culture, artifacts that our kids can go and visit rather than it be hidden out there at Waigani
“It will be on main treet so our kids can see what our country has to offer.
“We are working towards developing a world class museum. I am sure many business leaders travelled to places like Berlin and visited the museums and seen the PNG artifacts sitting there and the collection they have, they are world class.
“Rather than others having access, our people need to have access to a world-class collection so we are working to developing one. It will be something that will be here in 100 years time,” he said.