Interview with Papua New Guinea's Hon. Ben Micah MP, Minister of Public Enterprise and Consumer Affairs
The Hon. Ben Micah MP, Minister of Public Enterprise and Consumer Affairs.
Ben Micah, Papua New Guinea’s Minister of Public Enterprise and Consumer Affairs, on structural reform priorities and the importance of joint work in APEC to advance them for people and economies.
WHY IS STRUCTURAL REFORM IMPORTANT TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA?
We are lucky to be positioned in a very dynamic region of the world. APEC. Most important priority for us is to ensure that we establish a level playing field in terms of regulations and laws that enable the majority of our citizens to become participants actively in the economy of our country, economic activities to improve the living standards, improve their lives. So domestic policies and legislations as I stated in my statement today are being effected and have already been effected to ensure that inclusiveness in the involvement of our people in the governance of our country and at the same time in the economy of our country are fully effected and I think that is the overall arching objective of APEC. At the same time we want to fully integrate into the APEC economy. It is a little bit of a difficult position for us because you know as a developing nation we are sitting in the same room with you know some of the leading economies of the world; America, China, Japan and also big you know economies like Russia and Thailand and Vietnam and Indonesia, Philippines. But in due course we intend to find our right place in APEC and that is where the programs that we want to embrace at the regional level in terms of participating in the structural adjustment programs within the region that will enable the economies markets to open up to all member countries ably taken advantage of by Papua New Guinea and that is where we sit in this meeting.
THE PRIORITIES FOR PAPUA NEW GUINEA AT THE 2ND APEC STURCTURAL REFORM MINISTERIAL MEETING IN CEBU
The overall objectives of APEC are still a long way away but I think it’s really up to each individual country working on improving internal processes as I’ve stated and working smarter with regional and sub regional groupings are also important and I’ve read some very interesting discussions with the delegations from Australia, from the Philippines and Indonesia who are our most immediate neighbors and also I’ve discussed with delegates and leaders from Chile and Peru and Canada, New Zealand where tremendous opportunities exist and the most important thing that I’ve benefitted from this meeting is the fact that I’ve established contacts for better networking. We say experience and we work towards taking advantage of opportunities that exist for all our countries.
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