Ivan Pomaleu

ICT is the future

Senior Officials’ Meeting Chair, Ivan Pomaleu, told delegates during the opening of the 57th Meeting of the APEC Telecommunication and Information Working Group in Port Moresby yesterday.

Pomaleu said in PNG, the ICT environment is currently less developed than in many of the APEC economies.

However, he stated the Government recognises that ICT has the potential to drive significant economic growth in PNG, delivering great benefits to citizens and transforming the delivery of government services.

PNG ready to host senior officials meeting

The SOM 1 Meeting will be in Port Moresby from February 24th to March 9th.

Pomaleu said the 14-day event will involve 78 meetings, with eight to be held daily.

SOM 1 is the largest of the four SOM cluster meetings bringing 2,000 to 3,000 delegates to PNG.

APEC ambassador outlines hurdles

Pomaleu said hosting several significant meetings, including the Leaders’ Summit, presented many challenges to PNG before, during and after the events.

He highlighted both domestic and global challenges during his presentation of the PNG Policy Priorities for APEC 2018 in Port Moresby today.

Speaking at the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce hosted breakfast, Ambassador Pomaleu said hosting the APEC summit presented several challenges both on the domestic and international front.

Cabinet appoints APEC diplomats

The appointment by the National Executive Council (NEC) aims to consolidate the country’s APEC team for next year.

Pomaleu’s former role as PNG APEC Senior Official will be taken up by the current Director General of the PNG APEC Secretariat, Lahui Ako.

Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari said in a statement that the appointment is an important adjustment that is required for hosting the program.

Public servants embark on significant journey

The workshops are part of a series of short-course scholarships offered through the Australia Awards.

The courses will enable participants involved in key trade and diplomacy roles to sharpen their skills to represent Papua New Guinea internationally, including at the APEC meetings hosted in the country in 2018.

The workshops gave participants insight into the program as well as what they can expect from the course, including related activities and site visits that they will be doing.