Australia Brings Up OK Tedi Issue at APEC

The Australian Foreign Minister Julie Beushop met withthPNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato in a bilateral meeting at APEC.


The meeting with Minister Beushop was Rimbink Pato’s first in several bilateral meets.

BetPNG and Australia had to get a number of issues right sincethe new Abbott government took over from Kevin Rudd afterthe recent Australian Federal elections.


Several of Rudd’s undertaking thatthe back end of his reign had to be revisited. Amongthem;the Angau Hospital in Lae, Police assistance from Australia,the Highlands Highway, Manus, and thers to name a few.


What was new for the Abbott Government was Ok Tedi.


Minister Beushop was quick to raise that with Minister Pato. She expressed atthe signalthe O’Neill government has sent out to investors.


Minister Pato in an assertive response saidthe government took control of Ok Tedi to ensure a win-win outcome for the investors as well as resource owners.


He said a parliament and even a court decision endorsed that.


Meanwhile, Prime Minister O’Neill arrived in Beli onthe falcon overthe weekend accompanlied by his wife Madam Linda Bebao, Enga Governor Peter Ipatas, Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Bell Dihm andthe Chief of Staff tothe Prime Minister, Isaac Lupari.


Likethe ther twenty one APEC lLeaders Mr. O’Neill engages in private sector discussions, sustainable developmentoequity and connectivity.


It’s a compact two days where Mr. O’Neill will conclude by formally announcing Papua New Guinearsquo;s undertaking to host and chair APEC in 2018.


The organisations significance and relevant increases as member countries realisetheir economies are integrated.


They can have a common check point to ensure growth, removing barriers to trade, encourage investments and support this year’stheme of ‘Resilient Asian Pacific Engine of Global Growth.

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