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Papua New Guinea has three months to go before it hosts one of the most important meetings in the century – the 2018 APEC Summit in November.
And Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko in his official brief to the media detailed that everything is already in order, work is on budget and on time and for a quality product. He said there will also be a lot of meetings leading up to the main event in November, only within three months.
Tkatchenko took the media for a tour of Morauta Haus this week with APEC PNG CEO Chris Hawkins to update the country and its people of the work done so far before the main event especially on security.
“We have SOM #3 starting already and going for the next month and then all the meetings continuing in the lead up to the Leaders Summit and of course the CEO Summit as well,” he said.
“So, lots of meetings to come over the next three months, time is running very, very fast, we will be APEC ready, we have everything in hand, the Government is ensuring that the work we do is on budget and on time, quality product,” Minister Tkatchenko said.
“You know, countries that host APEC get bigger and better in confidence from around the world, after these events and we look forward to all the positive outcomes from all the APEC meetings and we look forward to moving this meeting and this agenda all for the benefit of all our communities and our country for the long term,” he said.
“Once again, APEC economies, all coming together, to assist PNG in this big leaders Summit and also CEO Summit in November – the workmanship and a lasting legacy is very, very important
“This Morauta Haus had an upgrade a long time ago, this was a perfect opportunity to utilise APEC and this building together and makes it happen. So we look forward to having all the staff here in the next coming weeks to start operations here for APEC,” Minister Tkatchenko said.
APEC chief executive officer, Chris Hawkins also update Port Moresby business houses on the preparations and the anticipated activities during the upcoming APEC Economic Leaders Week (AELW) in November.
Among the hectic schedule of the summit, there will be several periods in November where movement will be restricted due to high level security movements of leaders and delegations while the 21 economy leaders are attending the APEC Leaders Summit.
The days of high activity are from the 15-18 November, with 15-16 November being considered as public holidays.
This proposal is now being discussed in consultation with stakeholders before then being presented to the National Executive Council for consideration.
The shutdown periods are only for the National Capital District.
“In every country and city when there is an APEC meeting there will be disputations to normal public routine, but the intention is to keep this to a minimum,” said Hawkins.
Certain road routes in Port Moresby would be closed to the general public during the APEC leaders’ week to allow the movement of motorcades carrying leaders and delegations.
“Awareness will be carried out ahead of these plans being finalised and implemented.” This includes Kumul Flyover, Sir John Guise Drive, Waigani Drive, Wards Road, Poreporena Freeway, Stanley Esplanade and Paga Hill ring road particularly on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November.
Hawkins said while there would not be a total traffic shutdown in the city, there would be minimal movements where there is high level of security for the APEC leaders.
“There will be movements of delegations around the city, we will not need to close down all roads, and these plans will be finalised after further awareness and final decisions made in consultation with security elements,” said Hawkins.
“APEC is the most significant foreign affairs series of events we have ever held in PNG and the eyes of the world will be on the nation.
“Security is paramount and we will ensure these is ongoing discussion so that any disruption is minimised and the summit proceeds smoothly,” he said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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