APEC Transport Ministers Arrive For Meeting In Papua New Guinea

First of 200 meetings leading up to Leaders Summit next November

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 6, 2017) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is set to officially open the 10th Transport Ministerial Meeting tomorrow, the first of the 200 meetings leading up to the main event in November, 2018.

By yesterday afternoon, about nine country ministers had arrived in PNG, and the rest will arrive today in time for the meeting tomorrow.Yesterday morning, two F/A-18 Super Hornets from Australia arrived in Port Moresby for a showdown before returning to Townsville, where they started their journey.

PM O’Neill was scheduled to welcome them at the airport, but instead, Transport Minister Wesley Nukundj did the honours.

Mr O’Neill, who is also Minster responsible for APEC, in an earlier message, said hosting APEC involves a joint security operation with partners, including Australia, with security elements including jets and co-operation for land and maritime security.

“As PNG prepares to host the APEC Summit in November 2018, more than 200 lead-up meetings will take place beginning with the APEC Transportation Minister’s Meeting in Port Moresby on Friday,” PM O’Neill said.

“Two F/A-18 Super Hornets from the Royal Australian Air Force will visit Port Moresby for a demonstration of capability and a briefing, and then on departure will do a flyover of Ela Beach for the public to see.

“As we move closer to the APEC Summit, our security co-operation with our partner will continue to increase.

“APEC is one of the most important multilateral forums in the world today, involving the leaders of countries that account for more than half of global trade.

“Ensuring the highest level of security is a priority for the Government and the Papua New Guinea APEC Authority as we advance preparations.

“We are looking forward to the demonstration from the F/A-18 Super Hornets, and we thank our friends in Australia for their ongoing support to ensure a successful APEC Papua New Guinea 2018.”

The Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) has a clearly defined set of priority action areas based on the 2006 Leaders’ Declaration, the 2016, and the 10th Transportation Ministerial Meeting in Papua New Guinea will add to these priorities:

  • Aggressive road safety strategies tailored to the special circumstances of each economy.
  • Prioritise the harmonisation of security measures, noting that differences in security processes across the region have implications for both passengers and industry, and in particular to work together on mass transit security measures.
  • Help developing economies comply with global security requirements such as the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.
  • Develop timetables and strategies to work towards the liberalisation of air services.
  • Work together on a balanced package of options for addressing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation.

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