Duterte joins world leaders in APEC gab

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    PRESIDENT Duterte will join other world leaders in discussing measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on health and the economy along with various economic recovery efforts during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference today, Friday.

    Malacañang said the President will also advance the country’s views on APEC’s post-2020 vision and current challenges to the multilateral trading system during the “online” 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting chaired by Malaysia.

    Duterte will be joined by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez in the virtual leaders’ summit that will start tonight.
    Presidential spokesman Harry Roque had said the President will join the “family photo op” and two leaders’ sessions today.

    Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, will also present the Global Economic Outlook to the APEC Economic Leaders.

    The APEC member-economies are 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.

    The Office of Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Eric Borje, in a statement, said the APEC Summit this year will focus on the theme “Optimising Human Potential Towards a Resilient Future of Shared Prosperity: Pivot. Prioritise. Progress.”

    The statement added that the “priority areas of Malaysia’s chairmanship are improving the narrative of trade and investment, inclusive economic participation through the digital economy, and driving innovative technology.”

    The President last week attended the virtual 37th Association of Southeast Asian Summit and Related Summits, hosted by Vietnam, but had to miss some meetings to attend to the situation in the country following the onslaught of typhoon Ulysses.

    In September this year, Duterte also attended the “online” general assembly of the United Nations in the United States.