APEC security allowances paid to PNG security forces

A local sits at a bus stop displaying a China Aid emblem and an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) banner in central Port Moresby, the capital city of the poorest nation in the 21-member APEC group, in Papua New Guinea, November 15, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray

PORT MORESBY,22 NOVEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – About 5400 security personnel received K1,800 (US$553) in APEC allowances, the outstanding allowances for the first nine days, the Papua New Guinea Government confirmed Wednesday.

Secretary Finance confirmed K10.8 million (US$3.3 million) was paid out to 5400 security officers who worked during the APEC Summit. This was for the first nine days. The remaining nine days outstanding payment will be paid early next week.

The police headquarter also released payment for all troops for 18 days will be paid with the first K1800 paid into all accounts from the issuance of warrant for K21 million (US$6.4 million).

In a short brief, police media director Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas said that it was announced that a warrant issued for a total of K21 million to cover all troops for K200 (US$61) a day for 18 days.

“On Monday, only K10.8 million was released, this allowed an initial payment of 9 days.

“Department of Finance has committed to pay another 10.8 million next week so we can pay the last nine days.

“The additional K300 (US$92) per day to make up the K500 (US$153) a day will be paid when it is made available through Department of Finance.”

*1st payment: K1800 (21/11)

*2nd payment: K1800 (28/11)

*3rd payment: K5400 (US$1,660) (to be announced)

Total of payable to each member is K9000 (US$2,755)

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