Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said in a joint media conference in Port Moresby with his Australia counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.
“Writs will be issued on April 20, Australia Government will assist in logistics and also participation in the international observation throughout the country,” O’Neill said.
Australia will also provide training to security personnel, and further provide logistical support to Papua New Guinea to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member states meeting in 2018.
“Australia Government will help in providing security, so our leaders who come to visit us, feel safe, comfortable, Papua New Guinea is a safe destination, and I know all the leaders will enjoy their stay here,” O’Neill said.
He also thanked the Australian tax payers for supporting the country in the many programs in education, health, defence, law and justice sector and other infrastructure projects.
Meanwhile, the Australia PM said, Port Moresby hosting APEC is an opportunity for the region to market itself to the member states.
The participating APEC economies are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam.