Press Release

APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2018 Creating opportunities for the rural dwellers

16/05/2018

Regional Economic Integration and Connectivity is a very important part of negotiations through the APEC Region in developing the rural communities.

Regional Economic Integration and Connectivity is a very important part of negotiations through the APEC Region in developing the rural communities.

This was the message highlighted at the APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2018 (ASCC2018) during the Second Senior Officials Meetings and Related Meetings held at the International Convention Centre here in Port Moresby.

From this consortium in summary, researchers and analysts provide insight and the way forward for what benefits Papua New Guinea can attain and the many challenges it faces along with other economies within the APEC.

Elai Soutai a Papua New Guinean researcher and an analyst for the Abt Associates PNG presented his paper on the impact of APEC on rural Papua New Guinea and PNG as a whole.

Mr Soutai whose research paper titled “The Impact of APEC to rural communities and how APEC will contribute to PNG’s development goal” said the short term benefits experienced today was the least of his concerns as it is the long term ones that he would like consortium to pay close attention to.

He said the long-term benefits would take years to implement and implied that the policy makers had a tremendous task of bringing the rural communities on board the development process.

He said from comparing the research papers presented by the member economy speakers, he pointed out that Philippines displayed a realistic case study for PNG to use as an example of an economy who is grasping the potential in digital economy at the rural level.

He said the research paper presented by De La Salle University researcher Justin Eloriga on Alleviation of Income and a sustainable economy through digital inclusiveness can provide a basis for Papua New Guinea’s current approach on harnessing the digital future.

The ASC were part of the vision set out by APEC Leaders in 1993 when they launched the “APEC Leaders’ Education Initiative”. The Education Initiative called on the APEC members to foster regional cooperation among tertiary and research institutes to promote greater academic collaboration on key regional economic challenges.