Leaders pose for the official family photograph during the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Saturday, November 17, 2018. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Statement from the Prime Minister on APEC

Media release
19 Nov 2018
Prime Minister

Photo: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

I congratulate Papua New Guinea for its excellent hosting of APEC 2018.

Over the course of a year of events, Papua New Guinea did an outstanding job under Prime Minister O’Neill’s leadership and stewardship.

Like other APEC delegations, Australia enjoyed PNG’s very warm hospitality and hosting arrangements, done in true PNG style. And Prime Minister O’Neill deftly chaired Leaders’ Week events. This was no easy task given the range of differing views in the room.

It’s important to remember the outstanding  achievements of APEC economies. The economic growth, trade growth and improvements in the ease of doing business in the region have been nothing short of remarkable.

Australia remains a strong supporter of free trade, and the principles underpinning the global trading system. We are also a leading supporter of APEC, and a close friend of PNG and other APEC members.