APEC 2018 preparations

Govt change won’t affect APEC preparations: Hawkins

PNG 2018 APEC Coordination Authority CEO, Chris Hawkins, told Loop PNG that planning for the Summit takes place at the official level and the outcome of the elections should not affect preparations.

“For us, the election, in terms of planning, shouldn’t have any effect because the processes are already underway, so that come the first ministerial meeting in October (this year), we start up straight away and we deploy and we become operational.  So it should not have any impact on our planning at all,” said Hawkins.

APEC taskforce focuses on framework

The emphasis last week during its workshop was on building the JSTF headquarters structure, the control, command, coordination and the communication requirements.

A panel discussion was also held to gather and establish the outcomes of ‘exercise long reach’. This was to discuss a way forward on which security aspect each agency will be responsible for during the APEC meet.

PM must be realistic with APEC costs: Juffa

In an email to Loop PNG, Juffa said those figures, K600m, was from APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko, and not from the Opposition.

“The PM has accused the Opposition, or namely me, of plucking figures from thin air regarding hosting of APEC 2018.

“He has claimed that the Opposition has suddenly created a figure of K600m, which he says is not the true cost,” responds Juffa.

“However, these figures originate from the APEC Minister’s Office and was reported by media outlets.

“I do not deny we should host major events but at what cost and what benefit?

Polye assures PM of Opposition’s maturity

His remarks follow PM Peter O’Neill’s call on the Opposition to show maturity and try not to politicise important national events, especially APEC 2018.

O’Neill made the comments after Opposition member, Northern Governor Gary Juffa, stated that the K600 million earmarked for APEC can be used to fund crucial government services.

However, Polye guarantees the PM that they understand the issues well.

He said O’Neill should not overlook the real issues under the guise of international events.

Do not politicise APEC, O’Neill tells Opposition

Prime Minister O’Neill made the comments after Opposition member, Northern Governor Gary Juffa, stated that the K600 million can be used to fund crucial government services.

“The budget for APEC in 2017 will be significantly less than the false K600 million that the Opposition has taken out of thin air,” PM O’Neill said in a statement.

“Figures are being worked through now by our budget teams and will be further revised for the 2018 budget.

“Half of the expenditure on APEC next year will be an investment in the military and security of our nation.