Aust - NZ to assist APEC preparations

Australia and New Zealand have agreed to partner PNG in delivering the 2018 APEC summit in PNG.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Rimbink Pato, announced this yesterday.

The United States have also shown interest informing PNG they are on stand by to assist where necessary.

“They’ve agreed to form a partnership with PNG on the future arrangement with PNG for the delivery of the best ever Pacific APEC in 2018,” Pato said.

Minister Pato will be meeting Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, early next month as well as the New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully either before that meeting or after.

Among the many agendas will be the extensive discussions on APEC Preparations.

“There’s and need for close cooperation and close planning so that we can deliver the best APEC,”

“As our Prime Minister has said many times, we are going to have an APEC in 2018, the Pacific Way”

Cedric Patjole