Joint taskforce will have complete control

The National Joint Security Taskforce (NJST) says it will have complete control over the air, land and sea during the APEC Summit in 2018.

PNGDF Chief of Force preparation, Colonel Siale Diro, said this on behalf of the NJST during his presentation to Head of Missions today in a Diplomatic Corp briefing.

The briefing was to update the diplomatic community on preparations for APEC 2018 and next year’s general election.

Colonel Diro said training programs between the PNGDF and the New Zealand, Australian and United States military have progressed well, particularly in the field of counterterrorism and hostage situations.

He said their legal team has completed drafting the ‘Safety and Security’ legislation, which has been primarily put together for the APEC meeting.

The legislation will allow cooperation between PNG and APEC economies, ensuring security requirements are met.

The legislation has been endorsed by the National Executive Council (NEC) and will be tabled in Parliament in January.

Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari told the head of missions and mission representatives that it was important to brief them on APEC operations as well as to have dialogue to know their requirements.

Cedric Patjole