FOR the first time, Papua New Guinea is to send two bright and promising officers to the APEC Secretariat in Singapore as junior program directors.
In a historic appointment, Ingrid Kuman and Fredrick Tamarua will work for six months with the Secretariat.
Despite their youth, both Ingrid, from the Tourism Promotion Authority, and Fredrick, from the Department of Justice and Attorney General, have contributed immensely to the current APEC establishment in PNG.
Along with other applicants, both interns were nominated by their respective government agencies and, after a rigorous screening process, Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc endorsed their successful nominations.
The internship program will provide capacity building to PNG in the APEC process as well as training in the lead-up to PNG hosting APEC in 2018.
The interns will work full-time in the APEC Secretariat and will assist with a variety of tasks including policy research, administration, finance and publicity.
The internship attracts a large number of highly qualified candidates and provides them with the opportunity to work in a leading international organisation.
Mr Tamarua and Ms Kuman will depart for Singapore later this month to begin their internship. This is a huge opportunity for PNG to develop its upcoming talent in the APEC process for 2018 and beyond.