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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will meet with US President Donald Trump in November in Vietnam and invite him to Papua New Guinea for the APEC meeting next year
And APEC PNG Chief Executive Officer Christopher Hawkins confirmed all APEC economies will be in PNG to attend the biggest 2018 APEC Summit in November next year.
Hawkins, at the APEC PNG Security Partners and Observers meeting in Port Moresby Thursday said PM O’Neill is expected to personally invite President Trump at the APEC meeting in Vietnam when they meet.
President Trump will attend the APEC Leaders’ Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam.
“All APEC economies will attend and all have indicated and pretty much have confirmed,” Hawkins said.
“Our Prime Minister will meet President Trump in Vietnam in November. In their correspondence they will discuss the APEC and will look forward to Prime Minister personally extending that invitation to President Trump to visit Papua New Guinea in November next year.
Meanwhile, the security partners meeting was introduced to the US Secret Service, one of the main aspects of preparation towards the 2018 APEC Summit.
The security partners working group was attended by representatives from Australia, NZ, Canada, USA and Indonesia and Papua New Guinea security agencies to deliver a safe and secure APEC year, not just the APEC Summit but the pinnacle or the big meeting of the APEC calendar.
“There will be 15,000 delegates coming to the country next year. We are talking about K90 million (US$28.3 million) being spent on hotels and airfares, and that’s money spent directly here and will stimulate jobs and economic activities here,” said Hawkins, the CEO of the APEC 2018.
“Security planning has been underway for the last three years. That is quite focused heavily on police and all additional equipment being purchased…they don’t stop at APEC – these are legacy items and they continue on.
Many of these capabilities of APEC and programmes underway, are things that could have been done 10 to 15 years ago,” he said.
He also spoke about 200 regional meetings that start in October this year which will be held throughout the country....
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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