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Papua New Guinea

World leaders turn focus to PNG: Pato

BY GORETHY KENNETH

LEADERS, foreign ministers, trade ministers, officials and media from the other 20 APEC economies are turning their attention to Papua New Guinea.

“With that understanding comes a discovery by many nations that Papua New Guinea is an extremely resource-rich part of the world,” Mr Pato said.

“We are a country that will reward investment and trade, and we are a spectacular destination just waiting to be developed for specialised tourism.

“In connection with that, when I chaired the recent APEC meeting of the ministers responsible for trade, all advocated the need for sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth. At that time, I also met with world wrade organisation sirector, His Excellency Roberto Azevedo and reinforced our commitment to the rules-based international trading order.”

Mr Pato said the APEC leaders’ summit in November looks set to gather together the leaders of most of the great economies of the world such as the USA, China, Japan , Russia, South Korea and Indonesia as well as of our allies, Australia, and New Zealand, and others.

“May I remind you that the leaders of the Blue Pacific have also accepted our invitation to attend as guests.

“We are very grateful for the considerable financial and material assistance given by APEC economies to assist us in hosting APEC,” he said.

“In this unique period of our history, let us all resolve to make the most, the unprecedented opportunities now open to us with APEC and the focus on the Pacific.

“May we see in our own country and our sister states in the Blue Pacific at peace and prosperity we all pray and yearn for.”

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