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In seven days, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will take on the chair of the biggest event in history, the 2018 APEC Leaders Summit, which will take place at the country’s iconic APEC Haus in Port Moresby.
And this is where Papua New Guinea has an advantage, to push the country’s development agendas to the 21 powerful Economies that will be here, some of which will start arriving next week Friday.
Chief Secretary to Government Isaac Lupari in a press conference Wednesday appealed to every Papua New Guinean to be proud, stand together and show the world that we have a vibrant, unique tradition and culture and country.
PNG and its people are now right at the back end of hosting one of the biggest meetings in the government’s history in seven days time with two very important documents – the minister’s joint statement and the leader’s declaration already finalised.
APEC PNG Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu in his statement at the APEC Haus alluded to the week beginning Nov 11 to 18 as the most important week in this country in any context, as it was something that will probably happen not for a long time.
Pomaleu said so far 300 meetings were done. “APEC is always policy, it is not bringing dollars that you can count in 2018, it has the ability to bring those dollars once the policies that come off our discussions and hosting efforts are enshrined into our system and once they take through, they have the enormous ability to translate into important things, and that for me is the most important,” Pomaleu said.
“In terms of policies, we have done the final stretch, the concluding Senior Officials meeting starts on Nov 12 and 13 then we have a break on Nov 14, then we have the APEC Ministers meeting on the Nov 15, and 16 we start seeing leaders arriving and all of them on Nov 17 and then the Leaders Summit over the cause of Saturday and actual Summit on Nov 18,” he said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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