PAPUA NEW GUINEA RECEIVES POOR APEC RATING

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 26, 1997 - PACNEWS)--- Papua New Guinea has been rated extremely poorly by the Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC) with regard to implementation of its proposed free trade program.

An official APEC report, sent to member countries last week, points out that PNG did not acheive any of its announced trade liberalization goals, the Post-Courier reports.

While none of Papua New Guinea's original 14 separate trade liberalization commitments were met, all of the other 17 APEC members countries reported major progress.

This week's APEC leaders' meeting in Vancouver, Canada, was attended by PNG Prime Minister Bill Skate, Foreign Minister Kilroy Genia, and Commerce and Industry Minister Nakikus Konga.

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