This morning’s exercise was a culmination of 5 years of joint security preparation and planning for APEC.
The 2018 APEC summit is gaining momentum and all preparations of the Joint Security Task Force since 2013 are now being put to test.
The exercise this morning was to test all security capacities and elements required for and during the APEC summit.
“The exercise was designed to test our preparedness and elements that are all going to take part in the APEC operations,” reiterated Assistant Commissioner Naua Vanuawaru.
Apart from testing the motorcades, close personal protection and motorcade traffic arrangements drills were also conducted.
The exercise was also a way of identifying areas that are lacking and factoring these weaknesses into the Joint Security Task Force plans to be addressed before the APEC summit is held.
This exercise is also a lead up preparation for the 1st Senior Officials Meeting, which will be held this coming weekend.
Assistant Commissioner Vanuawaru further stated that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced that it will be a Pacific-led security operations and the joint task force stands ready to support this.
“We are encouraged by this and support the direction that the government is taking.
“We will also look at the design of the security environment and firm up on administrative and operational issues,” Assistant Commissioner Vanuawaru added.