Aside from pushing the traditional APEC
agenda of trade and investment, the Philippines also pushed for a development agenda through inclusive growth and the APEC
Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth.
Ambassador Thomas Hubbard described the expanded importance of APEC
over the past two decades, along with the dynamic growth of the Philippine economy.
Thirty-seven technical group meetings were scheduled to pave the way for cooperation of Apec
member economies in counter-terrorism, emergency preparedness, higher education, and structural reforms, said Jose, adding that Apec
also wants member economies to forge economic cooperation in fisheries; food security; human resource development; internet- telecommunication technology, tourism; and trade.
Now that we have all these agreements and commitments, we must show to the world that APEC
will continue to play a significant role in the global economy," he said.
Initiatives that can help to facilitate the movement of people, goods, services, information and energy in the region are among APEC
China has made positive contributions to the growth of APEC
," Hu said.
The US last hosted APEC
in 1993 on Blake Island, Washington, where
Promoting green growth is another APEC
priority this year, through technical cooperation and reducing barriers to trade in environmental goods and services.
CEO Summit is the premier business event for the Asia Pacific.
The Sydney APEC
leaders' Declaration on Climate Change, Energy Security and Clean Development
On his way to attend the 18th annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC
) Forum in Vietnam, President Bush acknowledged in Singapore on November 16: "Recently, some APEC
members have advanced the idea of a free trade agreement for the entire APEC
A 'Best Practices' Handbook, published for the APEC
Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP) to improve access to customs laws and regulations for APEC
Member Economies, has been made available online.