Papua New Guinea Sets November 12-18 For 2018 APEC Summit

3 cruise ships to help local hotels house the expected 7,000-10,000 participants

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 19, 2017) – Proposed dates for Papua New Guinea’s biggest and most historical event, the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit has been set.

The powerful meeting of global leaders will take place from November 12- 18, 2018.

With the dates set, it is estimated that about 2000 international accredited journalists will be in Port Moresby for this major event.

The proposed APEC Leaders’ week dates include:

  • The main APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) for November 18;
  • The concluding senior officials’ meeting (CSOM)12-13;
  • Annual ministerial meeting (AMM) 15-16; and
  • CEO Summit 15-17 and Business Advisory Council 17.

Chief executive officer of APEC PNG Chris Hawkins gave a rundown on 2018 APEC operations to all hotel executives in Port Moresby.

He said the dates have been locked in to ensure cruise ship hire and other important issues were confirmed in advance.

[PIR editor's note: On Jan. 19, 2017 PNG Post-Courier reported that 'Port Moresby currently does not have sufficient hotels to accommodate all leaders, Ministers and delegates for the 2018 APEC Summit in November next year. ... And to make up for the shortfall three multi-cruise ships will be engaged to ensure sufficient accommodation is available for all delegations. ... The massive ocean liners will be anchored offshore from the Ela Beach front to cater for 5000 beds. ... At the end of 2016’s APEC briefing to foreign missions it was realised that PNG will need about 7000-10,000 beds to fully accommodate the participants.']

He told hotel executives that the initial dates would be further refined if any changes were made.

"Careful consideration was undertaken of known planned international dates of significance including cultural activities and national events for which economies are likely to be engaged in 2018," he said.

"Chinese New Year beginning 16 February poses a challenge with a decision to be made, in consultation with economies, as to whether to host SOM I prior to Chinese New Year or after. Papua New Guinea is mindful that it would not be advantageous to begin SOM I related to meetings in March due to the impact this would have on shortening the APEC year.

"Similarly, Ramadan begins 15 May so consideration will be given to hosting SOM II related meetings early May. SOM III related meetings could feasibly begin in mid-August.

"The most significant decision has been needed to be made in relation to the dates for AELW with consideration of international events that will engage various APEC leaders in November including elections, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and ASEAN and G20 meetings.

"As Papua New Guinea is engaging cruise ships to provide additional accommodation."

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