APEC Minister

APEC assets ‘in order’

They are just waiting to be distributed through, he stressed, the proper process.

It is still unclear whether the much-talked about APEC luxury sports cars were procured using proper process.

However, both the APEC Minister and Prime Minister maintain that these vehicles – the 40 Maseratis and three Bentleys – will be sold in a transparent manner.

APEC VIP vehicles no longer with Authority: Minister

APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko said they are now being handed over to the Central Supply and Tenders Board and the Finance Department.

“They will then tender them out to those who are interested in those vehicles,” stated the Minister.

“And I believe that most of the vehicles have already been booked and are now ready for transfer to their new owners.

“We no longer have anything to do with the VIP vehicles.”

APEC venues will be utilised: Minister

The National Museum and Arts Gallery, which was refurbished by the Australian government, will be used for revolving exhibition and other tourism-related activities.

The summit left Port Moresby iconic facilities, including the APEC Haus, which can hold up to 1,000 people.

Minister responsible said all venues will be utilised for department meetings and other events to assist cut down cost of hosting events in hotels.

“One thing that is important is that it must be utilised for everybody’s benefit and not become a big white elephant,” Minister Tkatchenko said.

We are APEC ready!

“APEC ready is the word that we will be using a lot because I’m very confident with the Prime Minister’s personal approach to this,” expressed a very confident APEC Minister, Justin Tkatchenko.

“We have the right people in place to lead APEC 2018, we can’t go wrong.”

Tkatchenko said more experts will be engaged in many different areas in the next 10 months. From security to statistics, they will ensure everything is done properly and correctly.

He confirmed that up to 200 meetings will be held in the lead up to the main APEC meetings in November this year.

APEC Minister raises concern on security preparations

APEC Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, who is in Vietnam for the APEC Summit said those three key areas will be the main agenda PNG delegates will learn from the Vietnamese whilst in Vietnam.

Minister Tkatchenko said although the Government had spent a lot of money on security and protocol, they need to step up further as we host the APEC in 2018.

He said nothing is impossible and PNG can deliver APEC in a Pacific way.

He added that team effort must always be of paramount importance if PNG wants to deliver the APEC Summit.

APEC Haus construction on track

The building is expected to be complete by June next year.

The APEC security partners’ working group was given the opportunity to tour the Lagatoi APEC Haus on Tuesday (Oct 31) afternoon.

They are trying to ensure the upcoming 2018 APEC meetings are held in a secure and safe environment.

APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko, along with the security working group, are anticipating a low threat environment come 2018.

At the centre of global attention will be the iconic APEC Haus, which is currently under construction.