PM invites Chinese business leaders to attend APEC meet

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Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has invited leading business leaders from China to join other top global business leaders at the Apec 2018 CEO’s Summit in Port Moresby next year.
In the company of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chinese vice-premier Wang Yang at the Fortune 500 Global Forum in Guangzhou, China, today, O’Neill outlined key aspects of the APEC 2018 agenda.
“Logistics and security preparations are underway for Papua New Guinea to receive the 15,000 delegates and businesspeople, as well as world leaders, who will attend APEC events next year,” O’Neill said.
“The first meeting of APEC 2018 actually began today in Port Moresby with the informal senior officials meeting (ISOM), and I am advised that it is proceeding well.
“The APEC 2018 policy agenda is also evolving and has a focus on inclusion and the digital economy, which is important for people in all countries.
“The digital future, and the opportunities that are before us are beyond anything we could have imagined just a generation ago.
“But access to these technologies must be inclusive.
“We need to make sure people right around our countries can have access to the internet, online services and banking, particularly in remote and rural areas.
“We must endeavour to leave no-one behind, to be inclusive and share opportunities. This is the focus of APEC work on these issues.
“As we continue to open our economies to increased trade and people-to-people contact, there is a lot to be gained.”
In his address, and in a subsequent bilateral meeting with Wang, O’Neill highlighted the business opportunities that are evolving in Papua New Guinea for global investors.