APEC is about national inclusion

Hawkins said delegates and foreign Governments are anticipated to spend around 200 million Kina visiting Papua New Guinea over the next year, so now is not the time to play games.

He was speaking after a hotel owner in Madang made claims that only Port Moresby would host APEC meetings, a claim that the CEO says is misleading.

“Many of the main APEC Meetings have delegate numbers of more than 2,000 people and involved over 60 individual meetings.

“It is not practical to host meetings of this magnitude in Madang as the required infrastructure is not available.