APEC preps to be discussed in conference

An update on Papua New Guinea’s preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2018 will be a key highlight of a scheduled conference.

An overview of the different occupational health and safety (OHS) systems managed by the PNG mineral and petroleum industry will also be on the agenda of the PNG Mining and Petroleum Conference.

The event, which alternates between Sydney, Australia, and Port Moresby, is set to kick off at the Stanley Hotel and Suites on November 28.

The three-day conference will feature sessions ranging from mining, oil and gas updates, proposed petroleum developments, exploration and Government initiatives in the resource industry.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will open the conference with a keynote address on PNG’s economy in a global context.

ANZ’s chief economist will present the keynote paper on how PNG and its resources sector can optimise opportunities in the global market.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel will also provide delegates an overview of the national budget and the outlook for the resource industry in 2018. His presentation will be done a day after the budget is handed down on November 28.

The two panel discussions that will be held during the conference are APEC 2018 and OHS, which are expected to attract a lot of interest.

The final day of the conference on November 30 will feature a panel discussion on APEC 2018 with presentations by the APEC PNG 2018 co-ordination authority chief executive officer, Chris Hawkins, who will provide an update on PNG’s preparations, while the PNG APEC Business Advisory Council Chairman David Toua will speak about PNG Mining and Petroleum ABAC Initiatives.

Press release