APEC Discussion Series

The APEC Discussion Series at the Precinct provided Papua New Guineans unprecedented access to visiting international and local experts and the APEC discussions taking place throughout 2018. The discussions explored a range of APEC themes and policy issues that are important to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.

More than 3,500 people attended nine public events, including high school and university students, and a cross section of representatives from international and national civil society, business and government. Eight of the events were hosted by the University of Papua New Guinea – a core Precinct partner – with another event held at the University of Technology in Lae. The Series was also aired on television and radio by the National Broadcasting Corporation.

Discussion topics were linked to the APEC meeting calendar and covered a diverse range of topics including trade, agriculture, health, mining, women in leadership, small- and medium-sized enterprises, financial integration and digital economy.

The events attracted both national and international media attention and garnered support at the highest levels of government, civil society and the private sector. Collaboration between the Papua New Guinea APEC Secretariat and the Australian Government, as part of the Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership, was vital to the success of the Series.

The Discussion Series is set to continue in 2019 to explore topics of importance to the people to PNG.

  • Trade and Regional Integration

    The APEC Discussion Series at the Precinct commenced on 24 May 2019 with a discussion on trade policy and how free trade could benefit Papua New Guinea.

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  • Why APEC matters for PNG?

    Papua New Guineans joined local and international APEC experts yesterday for a dialogue on the importance of hosting the region’s premier economic forum.

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  • Growing the Nation

    The third discussion event explored opportunities for PNG farmers to collaborate with multi-stakeholder partners including agribusiness, producers, civil society and government to bring significant new sources of income to rural economies.

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  • Primary Health Care

    Dr Shin Young-Soo, then-Western Pacific Regional Director of the World Health Organization, and Sir Puka Temu, Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, set the scene with addresses that emphasised the need to strengthen primary health care in the Pacific Region.

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  • Sustainable Investment in Mining

    The topic of sustainability in Papua New Guinea’s mining sector resulted in an informative keynote address by John Strongman, a mining specialist previously attached to the World Bank, and a lively panel discussion.

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  • Women in Leadership

    Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone led a panel discussion on public policy and strategies that can support women in leadership in Papua New Guinea.

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  • Economic Integration

    Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Charles Abel MP and Sudhir Shetty, Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific Region at the World Bank, formed a two-person panel moderated by David Toua, CEO of the Steamships Trading Company and APEC Business Advisory Council Chair.

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  • Innovation and APEC

    The series travelled to the University of Technology in Lae for discussion on the importance of supporting micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises in PNG.

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  • PNG and the Digital Future

    The APEC Discussion Series finale explored the topic Papua New Guinea and the Digital Future and was attended by 300 secondary students from across 14 schools in the National Capital District of Papua New Guinea.

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