APEC venues will be utilised: Minister

All APEC venues will be utilised for public purposes and not become another white elephant, says APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

The National Museum and Arts Gallery, which was refurbished by the Australian government, will be used for revolving exhibition and other tourism-related activities.

The summit left Port Moresby iconic facilities, including the APEC Haus, which can hold up to 1,000 people.

Minister responsible said all venues will be utilised for department meetings and other events to assist cut down cost of hosting events in hotels.

“One thing that is important is that it must be utilised for everybody’s benefit and not become a big white elephant,” Minister Tkatchenko said.

“The APEC Haus and ICC will still be maintained by the government at this point. It needs to be looked after properly, it needs to be budgeted for but at the end of the day we would like to see these facilities self- sustainable.

“The museum will be involved in doing revolving exhibitions all throughout the year,” Tkatchenko said.

The room used by leaders during the APEC Leaders’ Summit at APEC Haus will however, be preserved for a pictorial history.

Sally Pokiton