Port Moresby on course for APEC 2018

Standing magnificently at Waigani along the Somare Circuit in stylish architecture portraying a glimpse of Papua New Guinea’s traditional design of a Haus Tambaran, the International Convention Centre adds to Port Moresby’s increasing facilities of global standards.

The new venue infrastructure beautifully adorned and fitted out in the most modern and sophisticated equipment boasts class and magnificence aptly described by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru as a world class facility to market Papua New Guinea internationally.

And as the keys to this magnificent building were formally handed over to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill by China’s Ambassador to PNG, Mr Xue Bing, Papua New Guinea’s capability to host major events emphasised the statement… YES!

We are capable of hosting major events of global and regional significance. APEC 2018 is the talk of the town and such facilities will surely pave the way for international confidence in a young developing nation called Papua New Guinea.

“Our main focus in APEC 2018 is all about accessing the international digital economy. We will promote free trade and investment in PNG,” says Prime Minister
Peter O’Neill.

The confidence and support of the Government and the people of the Republic of
China is clearly demonstrated in this most modern international convention centre which is from the benefits of Chinese Aid to Papua New Guinea.

A further two major road projects were announced at the opening of the convention centre by Mr O’Neill which will be undertaken concurrently to assist PNG in its preparations for APEC.

The projects worth K110 million in assistance include the rehabilitation of the Poreporena Freeway and the construction of a new world class six lane road known as the Independence Boulevard linking Waigani Drive and Parliament House.

The projects will add immensely to the notion of Port Moresby as a liveable capital city – convenient and conducive to the requirements of a modern capital city.

“When completed, these projects will positively improve the traffic conditions in Port Moresby, bring more convenience for city commuters and provide better environment and venues for different kinds of conferences and meetings,” said the Prime Minister.

For China, the aid is a demonstration of its strong confidence and support of Papua New Guinea to host a unique and successful APEC meeting in Port Moresby in

Ambassador Xue Bing reaffirmed his country’s strong bond with Papua New Guinea which remains positive to this day.

“These completed infrastructure developments will also showcase the progress and development of PNG before the other 20 APEC economies and after all, this what APEC is all about,” the Ambassador said.

City Governor Powes Parkop expressed overwhelming appreciation to the people and the government of the People’s Republic of China with sentiments of the ongoing Chinese assistance as a deepening of the existing friendship.

“We have built such good relations between the two countries and the gifts of this new International Convention Centre and the launching of the two new APEC road projects is a great testament of this relationship. This is not the first time China has helped us, this is a long term prosperous relationship,” said Governor Parkop.

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It comprises 3000 representatives from the 21 economies namely Australia, Brunei
Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, The Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States of America and Vietnam.

It’s all positive progress towards hosting APEC 2018 says the Minister responsible for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko. And as preparations of venues and other infrastructure progresses, Mr Tkatchenko said attention in all these developments is focused on convenience for everyone concerned.

To the Minister, and one whose visionary leadership for development in his Moresby South electorate is clearly visible, the massive infrastructure development in Port Moresby is timely and realises its values in importance for a high-level meeting of influential world leaders.

This vision is shared by Prime Minister O’Neill who best summed up the development scenario in relation to the importance of hosting APEC 2018.

“This government’s work over the last five years in office must be complimented as it has brought focus that allows us to capitalize on infrastructure development, to capitalize on an educated population, and to capitalize on a healthy population. This can give us enormous scope for more accelerated development in our economy. APEC 2018 is an important turning point for PNG,” he said.

He said that apart from the infrastructure developments, the 2018 APEC meet in Port Moresby will also introduce new joint initiatives to empower our people to tap in to digital breakthroughs and the opportunities for better jobs, wages and quality of life they can provide.

Photo: the interior of the International Convention Centre, courtesy Rocky Roe

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