Press Release

APEC Minister Addresses Pre Advance-Visitors

25/07/2018

APEC Minister Hon. Justin Tkatchenko maintains that hosting APEC in Papua New Guinea this year has benefitted the country in many ways.

APEC Minister Hon. Justin Tkatchenko maintains that hosting APEC in Papua New Guinea this year has benefitted the country in many ways.

The minister made this statement when welcoming more than 50 delegates from APEC’s 21-member economies who are currently in the country on a pre-advance visit for the APEC Leaders Week in November. The purpose of this visit is to gauge Papua New Guinea’s preparations for the key event.

He said APEC was not only about bringing together member economies to build a dynamic and harmonious Asia-Pacific community by supporting free and open trade and investment but also promoting and accelerating regional economic integration, encouraging economic and technical cooperation, enhancing human security and facilitating a favourable and sustainable business environment.

“The outcomes such as improved infrastructure services, refurbishment projects and other development initiatives in Port Moresby are now creating a lot of job opportunities for thousands of Papua New Guineans who live in the city,” he said. “This is an achievement in itself for the country.”

Hon. Tkatchenko said there was also much to look forward to, with developments happening at Ela beach, roads upgrades within the city and the brand-new Hilton hotel set to be opened on September 15th.

He added that thousands of Papua New Guineans have also been trained and educated through APEC.

“Many Public Servants, security officers, Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and other businesses have learnt a lot and benefited from opportunities provided and the meetings,” he said.

With the APEC initiative to turn policy goals into concrete results and agreements into tangible benefits, Hon. Tkatchenko made a call for Papua New Guineans to embrace the event, saying that it would deliver many more positive and beneficial outcomes for the country.