PNG expects digital participation in outcome

At the conclusion of the 30th APEC Ministerial Meeting, host country PNG expects the outcomes of the meeting to include a call for programs to address the lack of capacity of people using computers and internet.

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.

Deliberations are taking place at the moment and outcomes of the meeting will be made known thereafter.


Carolyn Ure