By Maryboio Nigani and Gerthrude Kii (UPNG Journalism Students)
The University of Papua New Guinea Journalism students had carried out an awareness today (August 9), educating the grade 12 students on the importance of APEC and the 21 participating economies.
St Charles Lwanga Secondary School was privileged to have the APEC awareness staged at their school, as it enlightened students on the importance of having APEC and participating economies come this November.
From an interview, Mrs Bani, a grade twelve teacher revealed her appreciation towards the upgrades and development of infrastructure Port Moresby City is currently undergoing in preparation for the Summit.
“Anything the government does, it does it for the people, and I believe that hosting APEC in PNG is because the government sees that there is good in it.” Mrs Bani said.
She further said that through APEC, the participating provinces and Port Moresby have been able to have upgraded infrastructure and developments, which would have been otherwise without APEC.
John Kawagle, a grade 12 student said the international event is good in terms of the economic benefits, however, hosting it is costly as more money is also taken from taxpayers to fund the event. Also, according to John, the current infrastructural developments will only benefit people living and working in urban areas.
Furthermore, it was a bonus for the journalism students who carried out the awareness as part of their assessment and mostly, have used this as a platform to educate the young people on the importance of APEC.
Meanwhile, the journalism students look forward for the next APEC awareness which they wish to educate more young people on the importance of APEC and the participating economies.