50 China-aid buses for APEC to remain in PNG

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-13 13:48:20|Editor: Yang Yi
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SYDNEY, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Port Moresby's National Capital District (NCD) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) will be soon take hold of 30 China-aid buses for its public transport network, PNG Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Minister Justin Tkatchenko told local media on Thursday.

Gifted the buses to ferry officials and media personnel during November's APEC meeting, the historic event was deemed a major success for the entire South Pacific region.

While the event has now concluded, Tkatchenko believes the benefits of hosting the summit will remain for many years to come, the National Newspaper reported.

"Out of the 50 China aid-donated buses, 30 will be given to NCD for their public transport," he said.

"Others will be distributed to the National Airport Corporation for transportation, some might be given to Lae city authority."

According to Tkatchenko, a number of charity organizations, schools and other institutions had also requested consideration for the vehicles.

"Once the APEC Authority winds down everything on Dec. 31, they will announce those buses for the institutions to use properly and for the correct purpose," he said.

"They were drawing up a final list of all assets donated for the APEC meeting, (including) other vehicles such as the Maserati and Bentley cars that had also been handed out."