PNG PM Attends APEC Summit In Beijing

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O’Neill to welcome assistance as APEC host in 2018

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 10, 2014) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has arrived in Beijing, China, for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders summit that begins today.

He was accompanied by Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato, Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru and senior officials.

The PM will focus on Papua New Guinea’s connectivity to other APEC member countries, the country’s development progress and will welcome the APEC community’s assistance to host the APEC summit in 2018.

Mr O’Neill has been briefed by the PNG Government senior officials who had travelled a week earlier to attend the 2014 APEC concluding senior officials’ meeting.

PNG APEC senior official Ivan Pomaliu announced that participants, under the theme "Shaping the future through Asia-Pacific partnership", had comprehensively reviewed progress of cooperation in the three priority areas, including advancing regional economic integration, promoting innovative development, economic reform and growth and strengthening comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development.

"We also endorsed a number of initiatives on the realisation of the free trade area in the Asia Pacific (FTAAP), connectivity development and innovative development, economic reform and growth.

"These initiatives will be submitted to the APEC ministerial meeting (AMM) and the APEC economic leaders meeting (AELM) for approval," Mr Pomaliu said.

He also said the CSOM had endorsed cooperation initiatives in anti-corruption, ocean cooperation, innovation-driven growth and women’s participation in the economy.

"Throughout our consultations, delegates have made positive progress on the outcome documents of the AELM and AMM," the senior official stated.

"Member economies also conveyed their appreciation to the host for the solid political preparation and highly efficient and transparent organisational work, and have articulated confidence in a successful AELM that will establish a new vision and inject new vigour for the long-term development of the Asia-Pacific," Mr Pomaliu said.

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