Post PNG releases commemorative APEC Stamps

Dec 4, 2017

(L-R) , Stephen Liston- UNDP’s Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst, Roy Trivedy- UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Post PNG’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Tepure and Chief Operating Officer Ben Davis officiating at the stamp’s ‘cancellation’ ceremony.©UNDP/Kim Allen

Port Moresby, 4 December 2017 –  Post PNG is showcasing the leading role Papua New Guinea attains in APEC by releasing a series of commemorative stamps.

PNG’s hosting of the APEC will  be the single biggest international event that the country has hosted and will involve the country hosting and participating in more than 100 important meetings over the next 12 months. The Chairing will culminate with the Leaderss’ Summit in Port Moresby from 12-18 November 2018.

In celebration of PNG taking the chairmanship of APEC and to mark this momentous occasion, the United Nations Development Programme has partnered with Post PNG to prepare a series of collector’s stamps.

These stamps were officially ‘cancelled’ or commissioned today and released for trading at the Post PNG Headquarters at Konedobu, Port Moresby. The cancellation of the stamps were officiated  by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Roy Trivedy and Post PNG Chief Executive Officer, Peter Tepure witnessed by Ben Davies Post PNG Chief Operating Officer .

The stamps are designed to illustrate each of the major factors that contribute to achieving Sustainable, Economic Development: People, Prosperity, Peace, Planet and Partnership. Each picture tells a story and reflects the unique global contribution of PNG as an emerging global leader on sustainable development.

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Respresentative, Roy Trivedy said at the commissioning of the stamps: “What these stamps try to do is position Papua New Guinea as an emerging global leader on the theme of sustainability. The theme for APEC is sustainable business, sustainable opportunites for all APEC countries. We know that APEC is the fastest growing region in the world but we also want to make sure that as Papua New Guinea Chair’s APEC, we promote sustainable growth. Growth that does not compromise the environment and benefits all the people of Papua New Guinea. ”

“No other country in the whole world has brought out a series of stamps on the sustainable development goals, we are a first and that is an incredible achievement. What these stamps do is signal what businesses can do with the opportunity that APEC presents,” Mr Trivedy added.

Mr Peter Tepure CEO of Post PNG said: “It’s a great partnership we have with UNDP and we are proud to be involved in putting out these commemorative stamps. As a state owned enterprise, we are positioning ourselves in line with the intent of APEC, that is to open up markets and opportunities for the country and this is our way of saying we support the government’s Chair of the APEC.”

Mr Banian Masiboda Philatelic Manager at Post PNG said: “Investing in stamps is an investment for the future. The unique quality about stamps is that they increase in value as the years pass and we at Post PNG are confident these collectors stamps will be popular among avid stamps collectors because of their unique designs and the historic significance.”

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Papua New Guinea in its chairing will support the advancement of key priorities to improve digital connectivity, deepen regional integration, promote sustainable, inclusive growth and as a cross cutting theme advance human capital development in the region.

There are nine stamps in total that are available. The stamps all have a different value from 75 toea, K1.50, K3.40 and K6.80 values, and there are two framed souvenir sets with a nominal value of K20. 

The stamps will be available for purchase from Post PNG outlets, on their website http://www.postpng.com.pg/ or by contacting Customer.care@postpng.com.pg.

International Stamp Agents can be located in Australia, Germany, U.K. India, Russia and the USA, their contact details can be found on the Post PNG website. The stamps will be on sale from December 2017. 

Contact information

Serahphina Aupong, UNDP Communications Officer, +675 7374 8724 , serahphina.aupong@undp.org

Banian Masiboda, Post PNG Philatelic Manager, 305 3740

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