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PM O'Neill extends invite for APEC 2018
8:59 pm GMT+12, 06/12/2017, Papua New Guinea

 The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill has invited leading business leaders from China to join with other global leading business leaders at the APEC 2018 CEO Summit in Port Moresby next year.
 
Speaking alongside the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, and ice Premier of China, Wang Yang, at the Fortune 500 Global Forum in Guangzhou, China, the Prime Minister also promoted that key elements of the APEC 2018 agenda.
 
“Logistics and security preparations are underway for Papua New Guinea to receive the 15,000 delegates and business people, including world leaders, who will attend APEC events next year,” the Prime Minister said.
 
He said the first meeting of APEC 2018 has ended in Port Moresby with the Informal Senior Officials Meeting, is has proceeded well.
 
“The 2018 APEC policy agenda is also evolving and has a focus on inclusion and the digital economy, which is important for people in all countries.
 
“The digital future, and the opportunities that are before us, are beyond anything we could have imagined just a generation ago.
 
“But access to these technologies must be inclusive,” the Prime Minister said.
 
He said it is vital people in the 21 economies have access to the Internet, online services and banking, particularly in remote and rural areas.
 
“We must endeavour to leave no-one behind, to be inclusive and share opportunity, and this is the focus of APEC work on these issues.
 
“As we continue to open our economies to increased trade and people-to-people contact, we there is a lot to be gained,” he said.
 
O’Neill also highlighted to the Vice premier of china of the business opportunities that are evolving in Papua New Guinea for global investors.
 
“Papua New Guinea is not a country that will stand-by and wait for investment to come to us.
 
“We are proactive, and engage with partners around the world to highlight the opportunity that our economy offers.
 
“As chair of APEC 2018, Papua New Guinea will be inviting thousands of senior business people to take part in APEC activities throughout the year, and this will provide an opportunity for them to see first-hand the economic potential of our country,” O’Neill said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
 


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