Govt Confident in APEC 2018
BY LEONNIE WAYANG ( Post Courier )
Chief Secretary to the Government Isaac Lupari says he is satisfied with the preparations for APEC 2018.
Mr Lupari said last week that PNG is on track in terms of security, accommodation and logistics for APEC 2018.
“We are very much on track, and we are pleased with the efforts undertaken by our police and our security forces in collaboration with bilateral countries like Australia; big support coming through Australian Government, also the US,” Mr Lupari said.
“We’ve also had the same with New Zealand but the new inclusion in the security operation is now the Indonesian Government.”
He said the Indonesian government will bring forth “an extensive wealth of experience” as they have also hosted the APEC meeting.
“We’re pooling all these countries to making sure that we are ticking all the boxes that are required in terms of making sure that the security arrangement is as good as any other organisation in terms of APEC meetings around the world,” Mr Lupari said.
He added that various ministerial meetings like the recent APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting will provide the opportunity for PNG to test its security preparedness leading up to the APEC 2018 summit.
“One of the opportunities for us to try and test the security readiness that we’ve put in place is the regular meetings that we’re going to have at the ministerial level,” he said.
He said that although he is satisfied with the progress, there is still more to do.
“We will deliver APEC in a truly Melanesian way,” he said.
“We are going to deliver APEC given within our constraints and our government is very focused. The public service is focused. Our partners like UNDP, Australia and New Zealand, the rest of the world who are coming on board to help us; they are giving all their support. They know what it means to have an APEC 2018 Meeting in this country, for Papua New Guinea and the region.”