Tkatchenko opens Convention Centre

THE Chinese-supported Port Moresby International Convention Centre has been officially opened at an event which took place at the new venue on Tuesday this week.
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Standing in for Prime Minister Peter O'Neill was Sports and APEC Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, who described the centre as a testament to China and Papua New Guinea's friendship.

"The International Convention Centre is a project that has taken several years to complete and has faced its challenges along the way. But we stand in this building today knowing that it will be home to so many of the major events that will be hosted by Papua New Guinea in the years to come," Tkatchenko said.

Tkatchenko noted that the building had already hosted two major APEC events and a regional judges' conference this year which tested the facility.

In May and June this year, PNG hosted 79 countries for the 8th Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Leaders' Summit and the centre was seen in media around the world, Tkatchenko said.

"We thank China for its commitment to deliver this project for our country. In the coming years the leaders of many nations will meet under this roof, in particular, in 2018 PNG will host APEC.

"This will bring together the prime ministers and presidents of our APEC countries with senior businesspeople from around the world."

Tkatchenko said that hosting APEC in 2018 would bring challenges, but "the world will see an economy that is open for business, and a country that is rich in culture, and a country that is inviting the world to visit".

Tkatchenko paid tribute to Chinese leadership in congratulating the country for the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in the year 1949.

"As a government, we thank the leadership in Beijing, and the representatives of China with us today, for your friendship and support. Through you, Ambassador Li, I extend our nation's best wishes and gratitude to President Xi Jinping, and Premier Li Keqiang, and thank them for their hospitality and goodwill during our recent official visit to China.

"We look forward to continuing to growing and advancing our relationship over the next 40 years."

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