Officially opening the APEC Garden, Lynda Babao-O'Neill spoke about the significance of protecting the foundation of each economy and country; foundations based on culture, flora and fauna.
She reflected on PNG’s emergence from a tribal society to a modern nation.
The APEC Garden features 21 totem poles, traditionally hand-carved by Papua New Guineans.
Each totem pole represents the national symbols of the 21 APEC economies.
A touch of flora and fauna from the APEC economies are amongst PNG’s rare and unique orchid species.
Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko and Babao-O’Neill said the APEC Garden symbolises the strong relationship PNG shares with each country in the region.
The opening of APEC Garden was witnessed by the spouses of the Leaders of the APEC economies, spouses of the leaders of Pacific Island countries, representatives from the diplomatic corp and local and international media.