By HELEN TARAWA
PNG has been part of an extensive process of developing Apec policy priorities and deciding how best it can add value to an already vibrant body of work that Apec currently manages, its ambassador Ivan Pomaleu says.
Addressing the Informal Sector Officials Meeting (ISOM) yesterday, Pomaleu said PNG was looking forward to see what Apec had in store next year for the region.
“I’m also quite excited to see what the next year has in store for Apec as a region. With shifting global dynamics, next generation issues and an ongoing challenges it’s going to be quite interesting to see how these can be considered during a time that Apec looks to renew our vision for economic prosperity in the region.
“We have a work cut out for us as we consider and work through these issues in deliberate and systematic approach we will be able to articulate the new vision we seek by 2020 and to be practically realistic and action-oriented.
“I’m optimistic that we can endorse the priorities so that we can start to engage in conversations and actions going forward.
“PNG is keen to carry forward as 2018 host of Apec bearing in mind are some of it our own activities.
“I would like to thank and acknowledge Vietnam for successfully hosting the APEC 2017 and the great work undertaken in the past 12 months under the theme of creating a new dynamism fostering a shared future.
As part of the informal sector activities, various Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) were given the opportunity to display their products.
Among the group of SMEs were the Annie’s Pottery, APMA Carvers from Sepik, the fine art display by TAPS, Creative Art and many more.
By HELEN TARAWA