Parliament passes APEC Safety and Security Bill

Parliament unanimously passed the APEC Safety And Security Bill on Thursday.

This will see the establishment of the PNG APEC 2018 Safety and Security Joint Taskforce, and for adequate powers and functions to be provided to ensure efficient and effective safety and security during the event.

The Bill was passed by a vote of 69 – 0, which had the full support of the Government and Opposition ranks.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the legislation needed to be passed so that proper protection can be provided for world leaders who visit our country.

“The law ensures that it complies with our constitution and allows the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, PNG Defence Force, and other safety and security arms of Government to implement the security policies and operations during the APEC period.

“This is the legal basis for us to also continue to consult and receive bi-lateral and multi-lateral security assistance.

He said all foreign personnel who arrive will have certain immunities during the APEC meeting only and that is line with the constitution.

However, the law  also ensures the law is adhered to and PNG’s sovereignty is not undermined.

O’Neill said PNG is more than capable to host the summit and is ahead in terms of preparation.



Cedric Patjole