U.S. Military Assistance 'Critical' For Security When PNG Hosts APEC Leaders Summit

Success of 2018 meeting depends on cooperation between U.S. military, PNGDF

By Miriam Zarriga

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 30, 2016) – The co-operation and assistance provided by the US Military is critical for the preparation and provision of safety and security during APEC Leaders’ Summit in 2018.

The engagement between the US military and the PNGDF generates confidence among our regional economies, said Ivan Pomaleu who is Papua New Guinea’s APEC Ambassador.

He added that the hosting of APEC – Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation – summit was the start of the country’s responsibilities to ensure that all meetings, facilities, venues, logistics, policy focus and security capabilities and programs were delivered at APEC standards.

"We are also determined that APEC must be inserted into our capacity building and development conversations to ensure that post-2018 we will know that we did delivered a successful APEC year.

"But that we also able to leave behind officials who have been upgraded in their skills to global standards of practices, whether it be security management, policy development and articulations or leading and developing projects at regional levels.

"We are also ensuring we leave behind a physical legacy such as new and refurbished infrastructure and facilities for business, government or public use later on," Mr Pomaleu said.

He thanked the US Marines for their partnership with the PNGDF and said that it allowed for the full participation and acquisition of high level skills which would enhance PNGDF participation in the security operations in 2018.

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