Press Release

APEC fundamental for bridging relationships

13/11/2018

Prime Minister Peter O'Neil has reiterated that the APEC was crucial as it would provide the opportunity for long-term relationships among the APEC economies.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neil has reiterated that the APEC was crucial as it would provide the opportunity for long-term relationships among the APEC economies.

While addressing staff of APEC, Prime Minister O'Neil said that through these connections established, the upcoming generations will benefit from them.

"The future of the country is for the young people, this is why we need to make sure that we build the connections and relationships."

In his address, Prime Minister O'Neill said that for development and growth in the country's economy to occur, these connections first have to take place, and this depended on the young men and women organising the APEC.

"The connections and relationships that are required for us to develop and grow cannot happen without you,” PM O’Neill said.

As part of building connections, Prime Minister O'Neill stressed to the young Papua New Guineans taking part in organising the APEC to make sure that the 10,000 international guests felt welcomed.

"Give it our best to ensure that the 10,000 people from overseas are felt welcomed in our country."

The Prime Minister said that from past experiences where international meetings were held in PNG, there were no incidents where guests felt unwelcomed and this has to be maintained.

He commended the staff engaged in the APEC and added that this was an image that needed to be maintained.