Papua New Guinea declares APEC holiday

4:02 pm on 1 November 2018

The Papua New Guinea Government has declared November 16 a public holiday because of the APEC leaders' summit that is being held in Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko

Papua New Guinea APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said the holiday is for everyone around the country because it was deemed unfair to have people outside the capital working when those in the city were not.

Apec Minister Justin Tkatchenko said it would also give people the opportunity to stay home and watch on television the first State visit by the President of China Xi Jinping.

Mr Tkatchkeno told the National newspaper a lot of things will be happening on the day so the holiday will allow the roads to be freed up.

The Apec CEO's Summit is from Wednesday to Friday, the State visit is on Thursday and Friday and the Leaders' Summit is held over the weekend.

"This public holiday is for Apec to ensure that all aspects from logistics to security are covered in that time," Tkatchenko said.

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