The FOURTH MEETING OF APEC GROUP OF FRIENDS ON DISABILITY (GOFD), Senior Officials Meeting Two (SOM2) held on Saturday 19th May 2018 at the International Convention Centre in Port Moresby received praise from the participating APEC Economies based on the Agendas that were discussed during the meeting. In his Welcome and Opening Remarks, Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development, Hon. Soroi EOE said he was grateful to note that the Agenda of Disability Inclusive Development is part of the APEC discussions. The Minister also thanked the other APEC Economies for sharing their International Best Practices during the GOFD Symposium saying the young nation of Papua New Guinea is willing to learn from those good experiences and will look forward for greater collaboration in the areas of Assistive Devices, Capacity Development and Resource Centres for our Persons with Disabilities. Minister EOE further stressed the importance Information & Communication Technology in the Digital Age is a Valuable tool for Persons with Disabilities that can reduce or eliminate any Barriers, while it opens new opportunities and empowers PWD’s to the same degree as those who are able bodied. Meanwhile the Highlight of the day was the Launching of “ASSISTIVE DEVICES + INTERNET” CROSS-BORDER E-COMMERCE PLATFORM by the GOFD Chair Mr You Liang and Hon. Soroi EOE.
The APEC Group of Friends on Disability (GOFD) Symposium held last Friday 18th of May 2018 at the International Convention Centre in Port Moresby ended on a high with participating Economies putting forward some recommendations for Papua New Guinea. The Theme of the Symposium is “Remove Barriers – Make Rights Real, An Investment for Persons with Disabilities in a Digital Age.” Chair of Group of Friends on Disability, Mr You Liang from the Republic of China when giving his opening speech said that, Individual Action Plans for each Economies must now focus on Persons With Disabilities while there must be also greater collaboration amongst GOFD Economies covering all sectors with the Government system of each economies if we are to Remove Barriers and Make Rights Real for Persons with Disabilities. The Economy of United State of America made one critical point during discussion time that in order to Make Rights Real for Persons with Disabilities, there must be a Legislation established and the Political Will to help drive the Act. Meanwhile, GOFD Chair, Mr Liang highlighted that the Establishment of Group of Friends on Disabilities is part of a worldwide movement focussing on the 5 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for the purpose of empowering and prosperity of Persons with disabilities. He said that GOFD is a Coordination Mechanism which needs cooperation from APEC Economies to ensure Persons with Disabilities are entitled to enjoy economic growth as well.

Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG)

Symposium on the impact of digital age on human capital development- Labour Market

Outcomes: skills Gaps, Occupations, Education and Training

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 26th February 2018

The HRDWG opening ceremony and the welcome message by the APEC team in PNG Ms Mary Morola, on behalf of the host economy, welcomed, the participating delegates, for a embers and invited dignitaries to the PNG hosted HRDWG Symposium

Ms Morola introduced the purpose of the symposium, which is focused on the importance of Human Capital Development; skills and competency needs; skills training and cross boarder education; Informalities and extent of the Social protection, changes in occupational sector and contribution to legal framework development.

Mr Rudie Filion, deputy head of delegation of the EU to PNG was invited to provide a snapshot on the important roles development partners paly in enhancing HCD in the digital age. EU is in support of the importance of digital connectivity. EU emphasised that PNG is already in the same wavelength with EU to pursue Human Resource development and technology.

Present AT Dai one of the symposium were Sir Brown Bai, Dr Segie Bang, Director General of national agriculture institute of PNG, Dr David Kavanamur, Mr Satoshi Sasaki and Mr Francis Hualupmomi from higher education contributed their thoughts into the HRDWG developments with strong emphasises on skills training .

The panel discussions presenters included Mr Robin Fleming form BSP, Professor Cecelia Nembou, President, divine word University,

Mr Jerry Wemin President PNG HRI and A/ Chancellor, UPNG, Dr Davi Kavanamur , KPU. In Responding to comments by Dr Cecelia Nembou on the lack of PNG recruitment and skills training and banks helping in skills development, Ms Jeanne sliviak co-chair for PNG Desk commented that PNG is doing well with BPNG pushing for financial literacy which has seen 1 million users training and having access to banking facilities in the last 5 years.

The symposium continues for the whole week and ends on the 2nd March 2018.



Department for community development and religion staff and Labour and Employment attending the symposium as note takers and rapporteurs. Sited is also deputy secretary for Department for Community Development Ms Jeanne sliviak who is co-chairing the PNG desk

March 02/03/2018 Press Release First Senior Officials Meeting Joint Economic Committee- Human resources development working group dialogue on AEPR 2017 The final day of APEC brought together all economics to deliberate on the labour marketing and social inclusion using APEC as the regulating commission to deliberate on all issues affecting the labor market across the Asia pacific region. The data availability was the main challenging issues that got deliberated on by economies experience some form of a loop hole in collecting reliable data to analyse the challenges brought about and faced by all economics. The idea going forward is to come up with a reporting mechanism and a reporting template which all economics report to which can later be used to determine the type of workforce that is available in the region and how labour can be utilized. When there is a proper reporting mechanism and sharing the flow of labour social protection and skill labor recruitment is possible to achieve with ease. The challenge again is to draw research data from private and public sectors. Secretary for Labor and Industry Mrs Mary Morrola and Deputy Secretary Ms Jeanne Sliviak from Department for Community Development and Religion, Marie Eorage Deputy Director APEC Secretariat PNG all contributed to the discussion in the areas of; 1. Enhancing Labour Market 2. Employment Services as Infrastructure 3. Social Protection knowledge sharing 4. Social Security programs in the APEC region 5. Commission on Future of Work These are the key areas which received overwhelming support from all economies as the challenges that needs to be addressed regarding APEC labour issues. David Nugi Delegate APEC HRDWG