PNG Officials To Be Seconded To APEC Secretariat In Singapore

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Pair to serve as interns, prepare for PNG hosting of APEC summit in 2018

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 20, 2015) – Two Papua New Guineans will be the first in history to be assigned to the APEC secretariat in Singapore to prepare for 2018 APEC meeting in Port Moresby.

Chief Secretary to Government Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc yesterday farewell Mr Fredrick Tamarua and Ms Ingrid Kuman, who will be the first Papua New Guineans since PNG became a member of APEC in 1993 to be assigned to the APEC secretariat in Singapore.

Mr Tamarua, who is a lawyer with the Department of Justice and Attorney General, and Ms Kuman, who is with Tourism Promotion Authority, will spend six months as junior directors in various APEC programs at the secretariat.

[PIR editor’s note: PNG Post-Courier reported that ‘Papua New Guinea will host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) policy in partnership on women and the economy in May.’]

"This is history in the making. I am also advised that both interns were nominated by the respective government agencies along with others, and upon a vigorous screening process, and I wrote to their respective agencies on their successful nominations," Sir Manasupe said.

Both officers will depart tomorrow.

Sir Manasupe said PNG is currently liaising with the APEC secretariat in Singapore to continue this program into 2018.

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