Host ExxonMobil says the students, aged 16 to 30, were selected for their potential as future leaders of their economies. They are in PNG to attend APEC Leaders' Week and witness first-hand decision making at the highest level. Of the participants from Papua New Guinea, six are currently employed with ExxonMobil PNG.
Exxon says the young people networked with management and the operations and maintenance staff responsible for operating the LNG plant.
ExxonMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry said the company was proud to host the students which gave its Papua New Guinean staff an opportunity to share their expertise and stories with their international peers.
"We are very grateful to APEC for this opportunity. Networking opportunities for our young team early in their careers helps to broaden their perspectives and life experiences. This is essential for their development as future leaders in our business," said Barry.
"We are not only focused on equipping our workforce with the experience and competencies needed to run our facilities but we encourage them to use those skills to contribute to the betterment of their communities."
Barry congratulated APEC for 20 years of the Voices of the Future program.
"ExxonMobil PNG has been a proud APEC partner throughout 2018. We have supported events, addressed audiences, sponsored international speakers and contributed to the all-important networking functions.
"APEC has provided many opportunities for dialogue, introductions and conversations," he said.