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President Duterte to join 2021 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will participate in the 2021 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting on November 11 to 12 via video conference, a Palace statement said Wednesday.

According to the statement, President Duterte will join his APEC counterparts at the 28th AELM in a high- level discussion chaired by New Zealand to tackle how APEC member economies could work together to accelerate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and promote an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous future for all.

President Duterte is also expected to participate in the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with APEC Economic Leaders on November 11, and advance the Philippines’ position on addressing inclusion and sustainability challenges posed by the pandemic and climate change.

The leaders joining the meeting are expected to endorse a 21-year plan to implement the Putrajaya Vision for APEC 2040.

The 28th AELM will focus on implementing economic and trade policies, increasing inclusion and sustainability and pursuing innovation for COVID- 19 recovery.

New Zealand’s chairmanship has for its theme, “Join, Work, Grow. Together. Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē.”

The APEC is composed of 21 member economies: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States of America and Vietnam. PND