2018 APEC

Eda Ranu’s notice to Pom residents

Eda Ranu has advised that all of Town area, Paga Hill, Ela Beach Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Ela Makana, Grand Papua and Touaguba area will be affected from Saturday (Jan 20), 12pm – Sunday (Jan 21), 6am.

“This is necessary for Eda Ranu to carry out new water supply connection line, 450mm and 250mm, onto the reticulation system to APEC Haus and other associated works in preparation for APEC 2018,” says the firm.

“Eda Ranu apologises for any inconveniences caused and requests your cooperation and support.”

Warships expected to boost APEC security

Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko revealed this on Friday but says the arrangement is yet to be confirmed.

He told this newsroom that security preparation is of paramount importance for the Government and Australia is stepping in to provide security on air and sea.

“We want other countries to know that our security preparations are fully intact.”

Minister Tkatchenko said people outside of our country are considered threats, not PNG residents.

NZ supports PNG with K35m

New Zealand High Commissioner Sue Mackwell officially signed the documents today in Port Moresby with APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

New Zealand was one of the first economies to support PNG’s bid to host APEC 2018.

In 2017, the New Zealand government established a NZ$8 million APEC Fund to support PNG’s host year.

“We have now completed the assessment of the first round of applications to the fund.

Chile APEC officials impressed

Chile APEC Coordination Authority CEO, Mario Artaza, said this during a tour of the APEC Haus in Port Moresby.

Artaza and officials from Chile are in PNG to see how the country is preparing for the Summit.

Chile will host the 2019 APEC Summit, its second time to do so.

The Chilean officials arrived in Port Moresby on Saturday and are currently touring the capital to witness preparations for next year.

Accompanied by APEC PNG Coordination Authority CEO, Chris Hawkins, Artaza says he is impressed.

APEC preps to be discussed in conference

An overview of the different occupational health and safety (OHS) systems managed by the PNG mineral and petroleum industry will also be on the agenda of the PNG Mining and Petroleum Conference.

The event, which alternates between Sydney, Australia, and Port Moresby, is set to kick off at the Stanley Hotel and Suites on November 28.

The three-day conference will feature sessions ranging from mining, oil and gas updates, proposed petroleum developments, exploration and Government initiatives in the resource industry.

‘Exercise Pukpuk’ a step towards 2018 APEC

This was highlighted by the Commanding Officer for the 1RPIR, Lt. Colonel Boniface Aruma, who told media that the battalion will be the main joint task force group that will provide security for APEC.

Aruma says his troops have already embarked on conventional operations training, which commenced last month and will finish on the 15th of December.

“The personnel are out on field going through conventional operations which is the basic fundamental of war fighting.

“It’s living in the jungle, operating in the jungle and fighting the war in the jungle,” he says.

​American firm will train elite team: Baki

Police Commissioner Gari Baki revealed that the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary is currently engaged in discussions with Laurence Aviation & Security Group.

He made this comment following speculations made on an internet blog site over the engagement of the Americans.

Laurence Aviation & Security Group is an American based company that offers high-end security solutions to its customers globally, including the United States Government. It is staffed by former American military and police personnel.

Aussie committed to help protect PNG’s marine resource

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed this in Port Moresby today after a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

He also visited World War II memorials including Kokoda and the Bomana War Cemetery.  

Turnbull said the solidarity and friendship shown by people of both countries in 1942 is evident in the relationship and bond experienced today.

 “We also talked about protecting the maritime resources, fisheries from illegal fishing,” Turnbull said.

Free education changing lives: PM

Speaking on International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said: “With education, and improved literacy and numeracy skills, women have greater opportunities to have careers and to start businesses.

“With education, women are better informed to make family planning choices and to be able to decide if and at what point in their lives to have a family.

“We must never let the opportunity for free education be lost in the future, and we must continue to ensure girls have equal an opportunity to enjoy their right to education.”

APEC Study Centre conference scheduled for May 2018

The ASC Consortium Conference is an annual conference hosted by ACS’s in the APEC Host Economy for that year.

PNG who will be hosting the 2018 APEC Summit will thus be hosting next years ASC Consortium Conference.

The annual conference provides an opportunity for academics and scholars from around the region to discuss their research and identify areas for collaboration.

ASCs are independent from APEC and their functions and funding arrangements are not uniform. This independence and flexibility ensures the integrity of the ASC process.