Tkatchenko salutes gold sponsors

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EIGHT gold sponsors of the PNG Apec Business Advisory Council (Abac) were commended last week for supporting the country to be commercially on track with the region.
Abac gold sponsors include Bank South Pacific, Moodys, Digicel, South Pacific Brewery, Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce, The National and Johnson and Johnson.
Apec Minister Justin Tkatchenko expressed this last week when presenting awards to each sponsor, saying the Government and businesses had similar agenda for the meetings this year.
“Thank you to all our gold sponsors for your support of Abac, especially for the upcoming CEO Summit,” he said.
“It is a very important sponsorship that goes towards ensuring that this is a successful event.
“It is important that we get the business community behind this.
“Investment opportunities now and into the future are the ones that are going to benefit the country as well as your companies in the long term.
“That’s what we want.
“The country is moving forward in a big way where you will see announcements before and during the Apec Leaders’ Summit.”
SP Brewery managing director Stan Joyce said it was important to invest in the hosting Apec, to gain returns in the form of creating a better place to do business.
“We believe that Apec, through Abac, is about developing business-friendly stable policies,” he said.
“By hosting this in Papua New Guinea, we feel that the betterment of business in the country will be front and centre.
“For that reason, I am sure all the other sponsors are gladly parting with their hard-earned money to support this important meeting.
“I think most of us are also looking what goes beyond the meetings: The infrastructure which is important and the policies that will promote and sustain economic growth.
“We believe that we will be able to learn through sharing our experiences with other economies.”

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