In a press conference today after returning from the APEC Summit in Peru, O’Neill said the 21 APEC country leaders have confidence in PNG for hosting the APEC in 2018.
O’Neill said the government has continue to maintain the economic growth despite the challenges faced globally in regards to the falling of the commodity prices.
“The confidence expressed by the leaders to attend the APEC Summit in 2018 is overwhelming.”
He added that there is no turning back for the country in hosting the APEC in 2018 as the APEC leaders have shown and support the country in hosting this important event.
O’Neill said hosting the APEC is a very unique opportunity as it will be the first for the country and the Pacific region as a whole.
He further added that all the leaders of the 21 APEC countries have agreed to attend the APEC Summit in 2018.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rimbink Pato MP, Government officials including the Secretary for Health, and a team of senior Papua New Guinea doctors.