PNG Parliament Creates APEC Coordination Authority

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Country prepares to host major world event in 2018

By Isaac Nicholas

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 27, 2014) – Parliament has approved the creation of the APEC PNG 2018 Coordination Authority to prepare for the hosting of this major world event.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who introduced a proposed law to create the authority, was fully supported by both sides of the House, by 75-0 votes.

He said a great deal of preparation needed to be done between now and 2018 in order to be successful. It must be done in a professional and efficient manner.

"This particular Bill is introduced so that we can coordinate this work before the event takes place, APEC will require a whole-of-government approach to ensure the success of our hosting year from both a policy and logistics perspective.

"Papua New Guinea must demonstrate its capacity, as a growing economy, to host high level events and facilitate policy discussion."

The authority will be led by a chief executive officer who will be responsible for delivering all logistical elements for up to 200 APEC meetings and events that will take place between now and the end of 2018.

New Zealand has offered to provide a CEO with experience with APEC and hosting high-level events and discussions are now underway to facilitate this recruitment process.

Mr O’Neill said work will begin in earnest with the APEC Authority having five months until the first high-level meeting to be held in Papua New Guinea.

"Two high-level meetings will bring around 500 delegates from each of APEC’s other 20 member economies to Port Moresby, which are scheduled to begin in May 2015."

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