“Since it was agreed by leaders in 2013 that Papua New Guinea would host APEC, our preparations have been well underway,” Maru said.
“We have hosted nearly 300 APEC meetings over the past few years, and momentum is building for the leaders’ summit in just over two months.
“I must say, there were a number of doubters who questioned our capacity to host a series of events that are as big as APEC. I am pleased to say that we are proving them wrong, and delivering a very functional series of APEC meetings that will conclude with the APEC leaders’ meeting.
“The reasons behind any lack of confidence in our hosting capacity are the same as faced by our small businesses skepticism, even a lack of desire to share the stage.
“But just like any person, business or country faced with a challenge what defines us is how we respond.
“Papua New Guinea is delivering APEC, our micro and small to medium enterprises are growing, and together we can all overcome any challenge that confronts us. “
“Being innovative is for government, just as important as it is for micro and small and medium enterprises, as it is the best way to move forward and embrace new opportunities.
“It is indeed our pleasure to have this meeting in our country.”