Disaster early warning systems to be improved: APEC

Amid the aftershocks of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea’s commodities producing central highlands, its strongest in recorded history, officials meeting in Port Moresby last week accelerated work to improve disaster early warning systems here and across APEC economies. The aim is to raise regional preparedness and recovery as threat levels escalate.

Data availability a challenge

Discussions focussed on using APEC as the regulating commission to deliberate on all issues affecting the labor market across the Asia pacific region.

The data availability was the main challenging issues that got deliberated on by economies who experienced some form of a loop hole in collecting reliable data to analyse the challenges brought about and faced by all economics.


APEC seeks out Health Tech Game Changers

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education, or ASPIRE Prize, under the theme Smart Technologies for Healthy Societies.

APEC focuses on digital innovations

They are intent on channeling innovation to expand the reach of the Asia-Pacific’s growth resurgence.

Over the next 12 days, officials meeting in Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, will introduce new joint initiatives to empower their people to tap digital breakthroughs and the opportunities for better jobs, wages and quality of life they can provide.

Agriculture workshop before SOM 1

The workshop titled ‘Workshop on Preparations for Agriculture and Food Security meetings during the APEC SOM1’ brought together key stakeholders from the sector.

The event aims to inform participants on the agriculture and food security policy priorities and deliverables for APEC 2018, as well as preparation and logistics for the meeting, and preliminary planning of the APEC Food Security Week.

It also sought to gauge views and inputs from participants on policy priorities

Call for papers: 2018 APEC Study Centre

The 2018 APEC Study Centre’s Consortium Conference will be held on 14th-15th May 2018, at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby.

The conference will be research focused and support the overall objectives of APEC 2018.

The PNG APEC Study Centre (PNG ASC) is calling for expressions of interest to present high-quality research, policy and best practice papers at the two-day ASCC Conference.

The conference will also be an opportunity to inform and influence public policy for APEC economies.

1RPIR ready for APEC

This role is taken to heart, as the regiment is tasked to be the military institution to lead and assist police with security during the event.

The troops were given more encouragement on Friday from Minister responsible for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko at the Commanding Officer’s beginning of the year parade. 

While preparations are in full swing, one of the greatest concern and challenge is security.

Tkatchenko is however confident that with the support of bilateral partners; security will not be an issue.


Pom police numbers questioned

He said being the capital there are major crimes whilst the population continues to increase due to migration into the city.

He said this when asked Nuku MP, Joe Sungi, asked why there was a high concentration of police in Port Moresby with most policing built in the city.

He also asked if the Police hierarchy had a structure and manpower ceiling in place and the budget to back it.

Minister Wong said Port Moresby being the capital and APEC 2018 host would obviously need significant police presence to cater for the growing population, mainly through migration.

PNG poised to host APEC: PM

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, during a walk-through inspection of the iconic APEC Haus in Port Moresby, said the country is confident and looking forward to host the Summit.

Accompanied by APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko and other APEC Authority delegates, Prime Minister is pleased with the progress of the APEC Haus.

He said hosting of the APEC Summit will be a historic moment for the country as it will be our first time to host such big event.

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.