PNG Ups Security In Capital For APEC Women’s Meeting

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By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 5, 2015) – The Government has heightened security in the nation’s capital, especially at the venue where the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy meeting is being held.

This was to ensure that the three-day meeting and also the other high-level APEC meetings coming up this week run smoothly.

[PIR editor’s note: PNG Post Courier reported that ‘The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy team will draft new plans and projects that empower more women
to be part of supply chains and provide women with access to technology, health services, finance and marketing.’

Surveillance cameras had been set up and the security scanning facilities installed at the Laguna Hotel where the meeting was being held.

The Government officials in charge of security said yesterday this could be a learning exercise for Papua New Guinea to improve before on for other APEC meetings prior to the hosting of the big 2018 APEC summit.

Entry into the meeting area at Laguna has only been through identification cards.

Yesterday, a prominent PNG women leader was turned away because she did not have her APEC identification card. Another Government officer attending the conference was told to leave and return with APEC pass to gain entry.

The National Airports Corporation had been providing the security scanning facilities since the start of the meeting on Saturday.

Security personnel said security awareness was one of the biggest issues PNG had to prioritise as the country prepares to host the 21 world powerful nations in 2018.

"This is an international event where world nations have sent their leaders and it is our responsibility to make sure they are well looked after and security is provided 24 hours until they return," one said.

The APEC chair of PPWE in her speech yesterday spoke about how it was "in fact extra ordinary to be here in PNG" at this time.

China and two other international representatives told the Post-Courier that security was top class in the city.

Apart from the hospitality, the culture and tradition that they praised, they added that PNG would and had been in the process of addressing the security issue at large.

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