APEC to go ahead

PORT MORESBY – The earthquake disaster will not affect PNG’s preparations to host the APEC meetings leading up to the Leaders Summit in November.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said PNG was hosting the APEC — Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation — a first senior officials meeting in Port Moresby when the earthquake struck on February 26.

“It certainly will not affect the preparations that we have, as we speak today, we are continuing to host the senior officials meetings.

“More than 2500 people are already in the country having meetings and travelling around the country so that has to continue to move on.

“In terms of the preparedness for emergency, let me say that we have got very strong support on security and for any potential terrorism threat,” Mr O’Neill said.

He said security personnel from both US and Australia were already on ground working closely with PNG security forces in managing any possible threat in terms of security, especially from terrorism.

“In terms of fire and medical emergency, Japanese Government has donated 22 ambulances which are already on the ground here. That will be managed by specialist medical teams,” Mr O’Neill said.

He also added the Chinese Government was giving 22 fully-kitted fire trucks towards PNG’s emergency preparations for APEC.

Mr O’Neill said APEC was locked in this calendar year and the country was looking forward to welcoming world leaders to Papua New Guinea.

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