APEC 2018

APEC drivers, support staff yet to be paid

The 200 drivers and 500 support staff played vital roles in the preparation and hosting of the international summit in Port Moresby.

Sadly, they are yet to be compensated after the successful conclusion of the leaders’ meet on November 18th.

Margaret Sepi, who was one of the four female APEC drivers, told this newsroom that the APEC Authority had made a commitment to pay them on November 29th but to date, they have not received any word on the matter, let alone seen any money in their accounts.

New direction needed in health sector: Doctor

“In the year APEC 2018, whilst schools were running low on resources, the government kept saying it was taking control of the situations, and yet, schools continued to face problems,” said Dr James Naipao in a statement.

“When polio that was declared free suddenly emerges with 25 confirmed cases, tuberculosis drug resistance disease hitting the country, and health facilities facing shortage of drugs and consumable, and yet, the Health Department and the Health Minister come out in the media to cushion the real situation on the ground by saying everything is okay.

Around 300 CS officers on site during rampage

In a press briefing today, Acting CS Commissioner, Stephen Pokanis, revealed that each institution (PNGDF, police and CS) has been tasked to conduct an internal investigation and inform the Government on actions taken.

Pokanis said a meeting was conducted with CS officers on Wednesday, where remorse was shown and weapons returned back to the armoury.

Shops looted in nation’s capital

Reports have come in from Erima, Tokarara, Hohola, Waigani and Gerehu of opportunists looting, or attempting to loot, Asian-owned shops.

Residents at Waigani have reported that police had to fire teargas to disperse a gathering crowd while gunshots were heard at Gordon’s and Gerehu.

Witnesses have also reported the stoning of vehicles from the Erima to Nine-Mile road.

At around 12pm today, members of the Joint Security Task Force convoyed to the Parliament to air their grievances over the non-payment of APEC allowance.

APEC 2018 concludes

Amidst global challenges and economic conditions of today, APEC leaders will continue to focus on the efforts in trying to reduce inequalities and overcome trade barriers to drive growth and ensure prosperity.

Harnessing inclusive opportunities and embracing digital future was the heart of the discussions.

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Spouse Program ends with APEC Garden opening

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.

Russia to open embassy in PNG

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill made the announcement on Saturday, November 17th, when meeting with the Russian leaders.

He added that PNG will also establish an embassy in Russia.

According to Britannica, the country of Russia stretches over a vast expanse of eastern Europe and northern Asia.

It is quite similar to PNG with its richness of resources that only the very wealthy and powerful benefit from.

Just like China and Western countries, Russia also enjoys the same strained relationship.

PNG media boycott APEC leaders’ arrival

Local media covering the arrivals in Port Moresby have been refused entry while the National Airport Corporation and protocol officers allowed the international media through.

The media were also refused entry yesterday whilst trying to cover the bilateral meeting between the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the other Pacific leaders.

“We waited all night. The same happened today,” journalist from a local TV station, Quintina Naime, said.

Philippine President received at Jackson’s

He was welcomed at the Jackson’s International Airport by a PNG delegate comprising Minister for Finance James Marape and Minister for Environment and Conservation, John Pundari.

President Duterte was also given a traditional welcome.

He also arrived ahead of the main Summit, to attend to a couple of engagements.

At 2:30 this afternoon, the President will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the PNG Government and the Pacific Adventist University for a pilot rice farm.

Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Benny Allan, will officiate at the ceremony.

PNG expects digital participation in outcome

Apart from increasing participation in the digital economy, it is hoped that the outcome will also look at measures to eliminate sexual and other violence and harassment against women and girls.

Minister for Trade and Foreign Affairs, Rimbink Pato, outlined that these social issues have severe impacts on PNG’s economy.

The Ministerial Meeting Chair also called for a clear acknowledgment of the steps needed to combat and adapt to the effects of climate change, which extremely threaten island economies and infrastructure in the Pacific.