APEC Minister clarifies misconceptions

Minister for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, has denied rumours and put to rest misconceptions surrounding the APEC meeting and general operations during the leaders’ week from November 12th to the 18th in Port Moresby.

Minister Tkatchenko said although there will be restrictions, the city will not be on lockdown.

He said residents can move about freely as long as they adhere to the regulations and refrain from causing disruptions.

Minister Tkatchenko confirmed that as of October 30th, the National Executive Council has approved Friday, November 16th, as a nationwide public holiday.

“A lot of things happening on the 16th which allows us to free up the traffic, free up the road and allow people to relax and stay at home with their families and watch the live telecast of these events on television during that particular weekend,” said Minister Tkatchenko.

He explained that the public holiday is for APEC and will ensure all aspects of APEC, from logistics to security, leading up to the main event, are covered.

The general public, especially in Port Moresby, can witness the State visit of the Chinese President and the preparations of the CEO Summit – all happening on the 16th of November.

Tkatchenko said preparations are all in hand from transportation, motorcade and venues. 

Minister Tkatchenko also confirmed the airport has been fully prepared to handle all the planes, the world leaders and their delegations coming through.

“Yesterday (Oct 30) we had a desktop operation meeting with all the stakeholders, ensuring everybody knows their roles and responsibilities during the Leaders’ Week,” added Tkatchenko.

Carolyn Ure