APEC Haus in PNG to be museum
28 November, 2018, 1:35 pm
PORT MORESBY, 28 NOVEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – The iconic APEC Haus in Papua New Guinea will be turned into a national identity museum and will be managed by a trustee comprising private and public entities.
Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari said this would take effect in the new year. It is understood the next best event that will be held at APEC Haus will be Prime Minister’s Christmas Party.
“Well we all know what the APEC Haus will be used for, Prime Minister (Peter O’Neill) has said many times that this iconic building will be turned into a museum and will be managed by a trustee made up of the private sector and some public servants,” Lupari said.
“It will have different cultural and traditional or different cultures.
“It will be a National Identity Museum which children can learn from and our Prime Minister O’Neill hopes to bring back artefacts lost to the country to other museums around the world.
“Now that the APEC meeting is over, we will turn this will into a world-class museum expressing and showcasing our arts and culture that is unique to the world and will be a learning tool for our future generation.
“I can assure you this will be the number one tourist destination in the country for many years to come as Prime Minister has stressed many times.”
Early this month, O’Neill said: “Many of our artefacts, particularly those that are hundreds of years old in museums in London, Paris, New York, Canberra and Sydney.
“These are artefacts that we want to bring back here and of course with our own artefacts to showcase our uniqueness.
“The museum will help the children of PNG know the history of PNG and the Pacific,” he said.