Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has joined other world leaders in Beijing, China for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
He has reaffirmed Papua New Guinea’s commitment to provide the leadership in the Pacific Region, as PNG prepares to host the 2018 APEC.
Mr O’Neill arrived in Beijing on Sunday to attend the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting slated for November 10-11.
Foreign affairs Minister Rimbink Pato, including Chinese Officials were present to receive the Prime Minister.
This APEC is important to Papua New Guinea, as it prepares to host the 2018 APEC. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill reassured the APEC community that PNG is ready.
This is evident with the major development’s taking place in the nation’s capital.
Papua New Guinea represents over 70 per cent of the Pacific population and it is imperative that it provides the leadership that is required in the region. And as PNG’s economy grows, the Prime Minister wants to see a ripple effect on the rest of the Pacific.
Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato reaffirmed the level of preparedness Papua New Guinea is taking towards APEC 2018. He says, work has started and it will continue to intensify.
Papua New Guinea is working closely with its development partners to ensure that policy issues relevant to the APEC community are ready.
Officials between the department of Foreign affairs and trade, department of trade, commerce and industry, the office of the prime minister, the APEC secretariat to be set up in 2015 will be working together to address the key issues come APEC 2018.