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12 March 2018


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This APEC meet is already beginning to be a national disgrace.

Can the PM and the concerned Minister outline the top 10 or even the top 5 social and economic benefits this country will take out of us hosting this meeting?

And I don't want to hear about the new roads and building structures that the Chinese are building. Period!

“A country that shows you everything, even its shadiest corners and does not see that you do not use your knowledge against her must be the strongest country in the world.”

Czech journalist Michal Horacek made the above observation of the United States of America in 1984 while on a World Press Institute fellowship program. I used the quote in my book ‘I Can See My Country Clearly Now’ freely available on this blog (see link above).

I wonder what famous statements or observations will be made by visitors to the APEC meeting about the ‘Land of the Unexpected’ which 700 different cultural groups call home, where gold and copper float on oil and gas and rich with other natural resources like fish and logs.

We shall see what happens to PNG post-APEC, but the writing is on the wall. Lunatics and blood suckers (poly-ticks).

I went home for Xmas holidays and a district hospital did not have power and short supply of medicine but the staff are working - delivering babies, treating TB and malaria, etc. They are very commmitted and hardworking lot despite these setbacks.

A certain politician for that electorate told the people that a K27 million district hospital will be built...we shall see.

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