International Convention Centre

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.

Maru calls for stronger ties with China

Following the handing over of the International Convention Centre to the PNG Government and launching of the China-AID APEC Roads Projects, Maru said ties with China should be enhanced through a bilateral agreement focusing on aid.

He said recently the Chinese Government has supported PNG through various aid projects.

And it was only fitting that ties with the country be strengthened through the area of aid.

PNG-China interactions to increase

O’Neill who was represented by Minister for Sports and National Events Justin Tkatchenko made those remarks at the official hand-over ceremony of the International Convention Centre by the government of the People’s Republic of China to PNG recently in Port Moresby.

O’Neill said soon we expect to announce the first regular commercial flights between Papua New Guinea and China.

“We will be inviting Chinese tourists to come to Papua New Guinea, and we will see more of our students travel to China.”

O’Neill thanks China for Centre

O’Neill was represented by Minister for Sports and National events Justin Tkatchenko at the official opening yesterday in Port Moresby.

Delivering his (O’Neil’s) speech at the event, Tkatchenko said the International Convention Centre was seen in media around the world and displayed another example of the development of PNG as a nation that is changing.

“Already this building has hosted two major APEC events and a regional judges conference this year that tested the facility and was widely praised by our international visitors.

China delivers Centre to PNG

Ruiyou made the remarks during handover ceremony of the centre to the PNG government on Tuesday evening in Port Moresby.

He said PNG is in real need of such facility in its growing engagement in the world and regional affairs and the Chinese people have come on board to deliver this project to PNG as a token of friendship for the past 40 years.

“We are here today celebrating the progress of 40 years of diplomatic ties and witnessing the grand launching of the International Convention Centre.

Chinese government officially handed Conventional centre to PNG

Being the biggest project in the Pacific by the government of the People's Republic of China Ambassador HE Li Ruiyou handed the Centre to Minister for Sports and National events Justin Tkatchenko on behalf of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Ruiyou said the project was given as a token of appreciation for the relationships China have with PNG for the past 40 years.

“40 years of diplomatic ties have made the relationship between our two countries reach the maturity and secured on the right tracks in the right direction.

"A friend in need is a friend indeed."

Chinese government to officially hand over convention centre

The Chinese Government will hand over the facility on Sept 27 during the Lukim PNG tourism conference.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Tobias Kulang announced that the event will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the PNG and China bilateral ties.

Kulang said the bilateral tie with China was signed in 1976 and 40 years on, the relationship has deepened and strengthened.   

The centre was first used when hosting the APEC 42nd Transportation Working Group (TPTWG-42) meeting in April with over 200 participants from 21 countries.