APEC economies

Red carpet welcome

All were given a red carpet welcome, including partners of the Pacific Island nation leaders.

The spouses, before beginning their tour, gave both international and local media a photo opportunity.

The women are currently in a closed door tour at the National Museum and Art Gallery.

They will proceed to Adventure Park following the tour.

Meantime, the leaders' meeting is currently underway. 

Spouses of leaders meet today

The spouse of US Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence, has arrived with wife of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on hand to receive her.

Malaysia, China and Japan, including the Pacific nations of Nauru, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands, have also arrived.

Simbu dancers have lined the entrance of the International Convention Centre awaiting the arrival of the rest of the leaders’ partners.

Amongst the list of activities, the women will visit the Nature Park and National Museum and Art Gallery.

Vietnam tops APEC economies in investments

According to a survey done by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on the 21 APEC economies’ CEOs, Vietnam has a conducive environment to start business and has a cheap labour force as well.

In a press briefing this morning in Port Moresby, PwC in its latest survey of 1,189 business leaders across the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies, PwC found that 35 percent were very confident of revenue growth, down slightly from 37 percent a year ago, while a net 51 percent plan to increase investments over the next year.

'Voices of the Future' participants tour PNG LNG Plant

This was near Port Moresby on Wednesday, 14th November.

The students, aged 16 to 30, were selected for their potential as future leaders of their economies. They are in PNG to attend APEC Leaders’ Week and witness first hand decision making at the highest level. Of the participants from Papua New Guinea, six are currently employed with ExxonMobil PNG.

They networked with management and the operations and maintenance staff responsible for operating the LNG Plant.

Women expo set for tomorrow

This program is focused on encouraging entrepreneurs to scale up and grow their business beyond their domestic markets to international markets within the 21 APEC Economies. 

It will be hosted by the Department for Community Development & Religion.  

The department is now extending the invitation to all women entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the country.

Southern Region will be the first, which commences tomorrow, March 22-23 in Port Moresby, NCD.

Women vital in agriculture: APEC

The APEC economies have been urged to work together to waver the challenges and create opportunities for women participation in sustainable agriculture and fisheries for food security and revenue generation.

PNG delegate and Chief Livestock Advisor with the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Regina Nukundj, said women in agriculture and fisheries play an important role in supporting their households and communities.