The multi-million kina Chinese-aided International Convention Centre project in Port Moresby was funded and built by the Chinese Government.
PNG APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko yesterday said the K20 million would go towards maintaining the centre to standard because China President Xi Jinping is coming for the Summit next year and they want it up to standard.
Mr Tkatchenko said yesterday President Jinping will join all other 21 leaders who have accepted his invitation to come to PNG for APEC Leaders’ Summit next year.
“The Chinese Government are putting another K20 million in completely upgrading the National Convention Centre getting it up to a new level as well. They were very concerned as their Chinese President is coming here that they want to make sure their facilities are top rate…improvements done and the Chinese Government will completely renovate that facility to be used once its completed,” he said.
Initially, China assisted PNG in setting up the landmark building, built by China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation (CJIC), a large scale Chinese state-owned contractor.
The project was estimated to cost about K70 million, and now an addition K20 million has been given to maintain it to standard so far China’s largest single aid project in PNG and the Pacific.
The International Convention Centre was used for the Asia, Caribbean Pacific (ACP) meeting two years ago with other international events including cultural events and activities.
It will be used throughout the duration of the APEC year to host part of the 200 meetings leading up to the CEO Summit and 2018 APEC Leaders Summit next November. Post Courier/PNGfacts