THE continuous provision of Australian security support for APEC 2018 has been recognised through a memorandum of understanding between PNG and Australia.
Signed earlier this month, the MoU covers how Australians personnel will conduct and support activities as part of APEC safety and security operations in accordance with the command and control structure set by Commissioner Gari Baki, the joint security task force commander.
In attendance for the MOU was Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis.
“It’s been a labour of love for a lot of people, especially the people of Papua New Guinea and colleagues who made all this possible,” Mr Davis said during the signing. “It’s great to have you here commissioner and great that we can now formalise this arrangement.”
Mr Baki expressed the same sentiments, said much of the work has already been undertaken in terms of APEC preparations.
“On behalf of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) and the government of PNG, I’m happy to sign this MOU on behalf of the government that’s been indicated by the cabinet directions,” he said.
“Much of the work has already been undertaken in terms of preparations as to where we are and this MOU basically cements all the arrangements that we’ve been working on so we can now focus on having APEC delivered.”
Mr Baki said the Australian police have played a big part in assisting PNG on that and both the RPNGC and the PNG Defence Force were at the forefront of it.
“We build up from the kind of support that has been given by the Australians through the Australian policing partnership program through the Australian Federal Police,” he said.
The MoU will also covers issues such asserts, communications and accident investigations, as well as further elaborating provisions in the act on jurisdiction and legal projections.