PNG to Host 2018 APEC Meeting

The 2013 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting ended on a high note for Papua New Guinea


APEC members have givePNGthe go-ahead to hostthe 2018 APEC meeting.

Papua New Guineamade a number of bilateral achievements duringthe week-long Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beli,Indonesia.


Top ofthe achievement wasthe final approval by APEC members forPNG to host and chairthe 2018 APEC meeting.


Earlier inthe day, Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato said he was determined to convince and pull in support from leading developed countries, including Australia, to supporPNG’s bid to hostthe next meeting.


The Minister did not have long to wait. It was confirmed yesterday afternoon forPNG to go ahead and make preparations.



The signing took place betweenthe Foreign Ministersof countries, Dr. Marty Natalegawa, and Rimbink Pato. It was withnessed by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill andIndonesia’s President Dr. Susilo Bembang Yudhoyono.


The Plan of Action expands on existing bilateral relations betweenthe two countries, and more.


These include Political Cooperation, Trade andInvestmentoEducation, Berder Security and Berder Connectivity.


Besed onthe provisions ofthe renewed Besic Agreement on Berder Arrangements signed in Jakarta on June 17 this year, both countries will facilitatethe maintenance and construction of international road infrastructure linkingthe bordering provinces ofIndonesia’s Papua Province anPNG’s West Sepik and Western provinces.


The link is expected to encourage proper customs and quarantine regulations, enhance communication systems and mutual cooperation in environmental conservation matters.


All in all, it is aimed at promoting peace, trustostability and prosperity betweenthe neighbors.

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