APEC is promoting our nation, says PM O’Neill

PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. Picture: RNZ

PORT MORESBY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea in two months will be promoting the nation and its diverse cultures through hosting of the biggest meeting in history – the 2018 APEC Summit.

In his Independence address at the Independence Hill during the flag raising ceremony, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told the packed events arena that “in two months time the eyes of the world will be on Papua New Guinea when we host the APEC Summit.”

“This will be the most significant international event that has ever hosted been hosted in Papua New Guinea.

“The Leaders from APEC’s 21 member countries, and around 15,000 delegates are visiting Papua New Guinea this year. So far we have held more than 250 meetings around our country.

“In November, Prime Ministers, Presidents and Ministers, from some of the largest economies in the world will visit our country. This is our time to show the world – true Papua New Guinea.

“APEC is promoting our nation,” O’Neill said.

“We will showcase our rich culture and heritage, and the natural beauty of our Nation.

“The global investment community will have the opportunity to see the tremendous growth that is taking place in our country.

“It has been demonstrated in previous APEC years, that hosting APEC delivers real benefits to the host economy.

“Through APEC we have opportunities to attract trade and direct foreign investment.

“APEC will continue to provide us with access to the knowledge and experience of leading economies.

“This capacity building support in our country leads directly to business growth and the creation of more jobs for our people,” he said.

“Because of APEC, CEOs from some of the largest companies in the world will also visit Papua New Guinea, providing more opportunities for tremendous future investment.

“For many APEC visitors, Papua New Guinea will be the most exciting country they have ever visited in their lives. It is important that we all play our part in its success.

“We need to have our National unity on full display, we need for them to experience our culture and see the changing face of development in our country.

“The APEC summit will be the beginning of a new era for Papua New Guinea. This is an era in which we will strengthen our regional leadership.

“Above all, in the years ahead, we must improve living standards and increase the opportunities that will be available to you – the children, men and women of Papua New Guinea.

“On this 43rd Independence Day, on behalf of the people of our nation, I thank all of the friends of Papua New Guinea. We have seen tremendous support from our partners in the international community.

“I thank resident heads of missions who are with us today and their respective countries for that support.

“And our Pacific brothers and sisters, who will join us for APEC in November, we say thank you for your confidence in our country,” he said.

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