APEC locations to showcase PNG’s diversity

A number of city’s and towns in Papua New Guinea will be playing host to several Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in leading up to the summit in 2018.

This is to make sure delegates to the various APEC lead up meeting appreciate the diversity PNG has to offer.

Chief executive officer of APEC PNG, Christopher Hawkins said this during the 7th Security Partners Working Group meeting in Port Moresby.

Confirmed city’s that will host the APEC lead up meetings include Port Moresby, Lae, Kokopo, Wewak, Kavieng, Madang, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Popondetta and Arawa with a few other places yet to be named.

Arawa will be the host location for discussions relating to women while Kokopo will play host to the economy meeting which will highlight the SME agenda.

Meantime, Hawkins said 15,000 delegates are expected to be coming into the country next year making it one of the biggest international meetings PNG will host.

“APEC is not just about trade investment, it is about capacity building in tourism, marine resource, women and the economy. This is a major part of APEC.”

Meanwhile, lead up preparations to the Summit is well on route for the countries involved in helping PNG bring together the summit meeting in 2018.

There will be more preparation meets expected in the coming months in the lead up to APEC.

Annette Kora