PNG APEC summit aided by $US11m from New Zealand

3:19 pm on 15 January 2018

Papua New Guinea has thanked New Zealand for giving it just over $US11 million towards the cost of hosting this year's APEC summit.

Justin Tkatchenko

Justin Tkatchenko Photo: RNZI

The Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko said the contribution would go a long way and strengthen the relationship between PNG and New Zealand.

The minister said the aid would go to security preparation, logistics and cybercrime policing.

New Zealand's High Commissioner Sue Mackwell said 12 New Zealand police have arrived in PNG to help in preparations for the November leaders' summit.

The sum given was in addition to the aid which aims to achieve sustainable and more inclusive economic development so PNG can reduce poverty.

It was slightly more than the annual aid budget given to countries like Kiribati or Tonga.

Australia is also expected to assist PNG meet the cost of hosting the major summit.

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