Press Release

APEC CEO presents AELW plan

03/08/2018

A briefing was held last night by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Chris Hawkins to update Port Moresby Business houses on the preparations and the anticipated activities during the upcoming APEC Economic Leaders Week (AELW) in November.

A briefing was held last night by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Chris Hawkins to update Port Moresby Business houses on the preparations and the anticipated activities during the upcoming APEC Economic Leaders Week (AELW) in November.

Amongst the hectic schedule of the Summit, there will be several periods in November where movement will be restricted due to high level security movements of Leaders and delegations while the 21 economy leaders are attending the APEC Leaders Summit.

The days of high activity are from the 15th to 18th November, with 15th and 16th November being considered as public holidays. This proposal is now being discussed in consultation with stakeholders before then being presented to the National Executive Council for consideration.

The shutdown periods are only for the National Capital District. “In every country and city when there is an APEC Meeting there will be disruptions to normal public routine, but the intention is to keep this to a minimum,” said Hawkins.

Certain road routes in Port Moresby would be closed to the general public at various times during the APEC Leaders’ week in November to allow the movement of motorcades carrying Leaders and delegations. “Awareness will be carried out ahead of these plans being finalised and implemented.”

This includes Kumul Flyover, Sir John Guise Drive, Waigani Drive, Wards Road, Poreporena Freeway, Stanley Esplanade and Paga Hill ring road particularly on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November. Mr Hawkins said while there would not be a total traffic shutdown in the city, there would be minimal movements on secured roads and areas where there is high level of security for the APEC leaders.

“There will be movements of delegations around the city, we will not need to close down all roads, and these plans will be finalised after further awareness and final decisions made in consultation with security elements,” said Mr Hawkins. “APEC is the most significant foreign affairs series of events we have ever held in Papua New Guinea and the eyes of the world will be on the Nation. “Security is paramount and we will ensure these is ongoing discussion so that any disruption is minimised and the summit proceeds smoothly.”