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PORT MORESBY, 27 AUGUST 2023: Amazing Port Moresby remains a welcoming host, extending its reach to regional and global visitors.

Guided by a clear vision for a Clean, Safe, Healthy, and Planned City and driven by the NCDC Urban Development Plan 2030, NCD Governor Hon. Powes Parkop emphasized that Amazing Port Moresby acts as a gateway to the rest of PNG, Asia, and the Pacific.

During a welcome dinner hosted for the 2023 Inaugural Pacific ICT Ministers on Sunday evening, in partnership with the PNG Ministry of Communications, Information and Technology and the Government of PNG, Governor Parkop stated that this event is just one among many initiatives undertaken by the City to position itself as a regional and global hub.

He proudly shared that the City has previously successfully hosted notable regional and global events such as the 2015 Pacific Games, FIFA Women's Under 20 tournament, the 2018 APEC Leaders' Summit, and more.

Governor Parkop highlighted the city's unique composition, home to thousands of individuals from different tribes and cultures, living together harmoniously as one united city, people, and nation.

Furthermore, he showcased various initiatives and programs his government has implemented over the past 16 years, including the Settlement to Suburb Upgrade, Motu Koita Modernization, housing projects for low and middle-income earners, and infrastructure developments. These accomplishments were achieved in collaboration with the National Government and donors.

Governor Parkop acknowledged the city's challenges but emphasized its continued progress.

He stressed the importance of the ICT meeting to address some of the city's challenges through technological solutions.

Looking ahead, he expressed anticipation for the outcomes of the meeting and the Lagatoi Declaration.

The opening dinner saw the presence of notable figures, including Prime Minister Hon. James Marape; Minister for ICT, Hon. Timothy Masiu; Member for Moresby North-West, Hon. Lohia Boe Samuel; Motu Koitabu Chairman, Hon. Dadi Toka Jnr; and ICT Ministers and Heads of Delegations from across the Pacific region.

Governor Parkop praised Prime Minister James Marape and Minister Masiu for convening this vital dialogue. He extended gratitude to the leaders of the Pacific for selecting Port Moresby as the inaugural dialogue venue.

He elucidated the cultural significance of Lakatoi to the NCD and Motu Koita residents, underscoring its role as a symbol of the city's traditional landowners.

During their stay, Governor Parkop invited the visiting Ministers and Delegates to embrace the city's culture and people fully.

Prime Minister James Marape noted that ICT holds the potential to address numerous challenges faced not only in the country but also across the Pacific.

The dinner was celebrated for its vibrancy and impressiveness, featuring captivating performances by Amazing Port Moresby's Active City team, which thoroughly entertained the guests.