On behalf of the Papua New Guinea government, Hon Justin Tkatchenko thanked the New Zealand government for the initiative taken to support Papua New Guinea as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) host for 2018. The total support that the New Zealand government will be giving over the next 12 months is NZ$15 million a substantial amount of money for many different areas not just for APEC but all the different meetings from security to logistics and protocol.
The Minister for APEC said, already we’ve had hundreds of our Papua New Guinean protocol staff being professionally trained by the Foreign Affairs protocol division of the New Zealand government which improves the ability and the professionalism of our people when it comes to protocol settings and be leaving a lasting legacy as well for future events and for future protocol issues.
New Zealand was one of the first economies to support the Papua New Guinea’s bid to host APEC 2018. High Commissioner Sue Mackwell said, we are extremely excited to continue to support Papua New Guinea as it prepares for a very special event .
High Commissioner Mackwell acknowledge the challenges of hosting APEC – something New Zealand is also preparing for as they look to become hosts in 2021
APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko met with the Chinese Ambassador to PNG, Xue Bing, on Wednesday at the National Convention Centre. The two leaders re-confirmed both countries commitment to ensure further enhancements to the 43.5 million venue are made within the next three months.
A very confident APEC Minister Tkatchenko expressed, “APEC ready is the word that we will be using a lot because I’m confident with the Prime Minister’s personal approach to this. We have the right people in place to lead APEC 2018, we can’t go wrong.”
He confirmed that up to 200 meetings will be held in the lead up to the main APEC meetings in November this year.
Ambassador Que urged contractor China Jiangxi International Corporation to concentrate on the task at hand.
He also announced that China’s President, XI Jinping, would be making an official visit in April during the 2nd Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 2).
Xi Jinping was one of the first leaders to confirm when he met Prime Minister Peter O’Niell in Beijing.
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The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has arrived in the city of Da Nang, in Viet Nam, for the 2017 APEC Leaders’ Summit.
On his arrival, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the APEC policy agenda that will help boost growth in key sectors of the Papua New Guinea economy.
“APEC is an important forum for growth and development in our region, and in the coming year will be even more important for Papua New Guinea when we host Leaders from around the region.
“The whole focus of the APEC Leaders’ Week is to strengthen our capacity to trade and to grow our economies.
“Through APEC we have the opportunity to generate more business, and that in turn creates more jobs.
“As a developing economy in APEC, Papua New Guinea also has the opportunity to strengthen capacity and skills in key sectors around the country.
“APEC is more than a single meeting each year, but it has a broad agenda covering agriculture, fisheries, women in the economy, transport and many other sectors that are vital for Papua New Guinea’s growth.
“Ultimately our work through APEC in these sectors is delivering direct benefits for our people.
“This APEC meeting will have a strong focus on adopting better digital technologies.
“For Papua New Guinea, expanding into the digital age, particularly for remote and rural communities is very important.”
The week-long series of APEC meetings also includes the 2017 APEC CEO Summit at which the Prime Minister will deliver an address.
“We have a number of Papua New Guinea business leaders who have come to Vietnam with our delegation.
“At the APEC CEO Summit our business representatives will be working to build better links with companies in Viet Nam and around the region.”
The Prime Minister is accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon. Rimbink Pato MP, and APEC Minister, Hon. Justin Tkatchenko MP.