Press Release

Conference to shed light on APEC preparations and resource industry safety


Port Moresby: An update on Papua New Guinea’s preparations for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2018, as well as an overview of the different occupational health and safety (OHS) systems managed by the PNG mineral and petroleum industry will be some of the key highlights of the PNG Mining and Petroleum Conference.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will be giving the keynote address at the conference and is expected to meet major resource company leaders and tour the trade exhibitions.

The event, which alternates between Sydney, Australia, and Port Moresby is set to kick off at the Stanley Hotel and Suites on November 28. The three-day conference will feature sessions ranging from Mining, Oil and Gas Updates, Proposed Petroleum Developments, Exploration, and Government Initiatives in the Resource Industry. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will open the conference with a keynote address on talking about PNG’s Economy in a Global Context.

ANZ’s Chief Economic will present the keynote paper on how PNG and its resources sector can optimise opportunities in the global market.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel will also provide delegates an overview of the national budget and the outlook for the resource industry in 2018. His presentation will be done a day after the budget is handed down on November 28.

The two panel discussions that will be held during the conference are APEC 2018, and OHS which are expected to attract a lot of interest. OHS initiatives undertaken by resource companies to drive safety and workforce occupational health will be key discussion topics. Newcrest Lihir will present their signature safety programme, the Lihir NewSafe Programme, while ExxonMobil will present their OHS initiatives which are contributing to PNG LNG project’s excellent safety records.
Other panellists that will join the discussions are Total, International SOS, PNG Air, and the Mineral Resources Authority.

The final day of the conference on November 30 will feature a panel discussion on APEC 2018 with presentations by the APEC PNG 2018 Co-ordination Authority Chief Executive Officer Chris Hawkins who will provide an update on PNG’s preparations, while the PNG APEC Business Advisory Council Chairman David Toua will speak about PNG Mining and Petroleum ABAC Initiatives.

The other panellists that will be joining APEC 2018 discussions are PNG APEC Ambassador, Ivan Pomaleu and Senior Official President, APEC Business Advisory Council Member Wayne Golding, and President of the Business Council of PNG Robert Nilkare.