Apec to boost PNG’s image internationally


HOSTING the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting next year will lift the country’s image internationally and increase the opportunity for foreign direct investments, an official says.
Apec 2018 Coordination Authority chief executive Chris Hawkins told the PNG Mining and Petroleum conference that hosting Apec “will transform the global perspective of PNG”.
Hawkins said developments towards the Apec were focused on leaving a legacy. We want these projects to be useful and continue to benefit the people after the Apec. The Apec House under construction at Ela Beach will be used as the National Museum,” he said.
“We are expecting 10,000 visitors. We don’t have enough hotel rooms in Port Moresby to cater for the delegates. We have secured the services of three cruise ships – Pacific Dawn, Sea Princess and Pacific Explorer. They will be docked at the Fairfax Harbour.”
Hawkins said the chief executive summit will be held on the Pacific Dawn.
There will also be extensions to the Jackson Airport runway to cater for bigger aircrafts.