PNG govt promises to account for APEC inventory

2:33 pm on 28 January 2019

Papua New Guinea's government says it will ensure that assets used for hosting APEC last year are accounted for.

Papua New Guinea APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko

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

This comes amid reports that dozens of vehicles brought in for last November's summit of world leaders are missing.

The Ombudsman Commission last month gave the government an extension to finalise its APEC inventory.

PNG's Minister in charge of APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, admitted some outstanding issues remain, including to ensure everyone who worked on APEC gets paid.

But he said he understands only nine vehicles are yet to be returned.

"So it's not as though they are stolen but we've still got outstanding issues to ensure that everything is wound up; a proper audit and accountability is done; a final report is put in place, which I will present on the floor of parliament; and all the vehicles, those that are donated, those that have been bought, those that have been hired, are all returned."

Justin Tkatchenko said a public tender process for maseratis and other luxury cars brought in for APEC is pending.

He said the government was waiting on the Department of Finance to finalise the process with the Central Supply and Tenders Board.

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