KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 -- Malaysia starts host year in Putrajaya as media registration is open for the First APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) and related meetings that will take place at the federal government’s administrative centre from Feb 3-22, 2020.
Close to 1,500 policymakers, business leaders and academics from 21 APEC member economies will gather to deliberate and advance a policy agenda for the region’s most pressing issues in the digital era, including multilateralism, trade and investment, human capital development, and sustainability.
“The dozens of fora will converge here, guided by the theme ‘Optimising Human Potential towards a Future of Shared Prosperity’, to focus on the year’s priorities: improving the narrative of trade and investment; inclusive economic participation through the digital economy and technology; and driving innovative sustainability,” APEC Secretariat said in a statement today.
Chair of APEC 2020 Senior Officials, Hairil Yahri Yaacob, said: “Shared Prosperity is the idea that focuses on creating more inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure trade and investment, as regional cooperation can be fruitful for narrowing inequalities within and among economies.”
Accounting for 60 per cent of global gross domestic product, APEC economies play a significant role in driving the world’s economic growth.
Established in 1989, APEC also marks the start of a new era in 2020 as the forum finalises a renewed vision for the coming decades.
“The last 30 years have shown that regional cooperation is essential in addressing common challenges. APEC is stronger when we support each other to rise above shared vulnerabilities,” APEC Secretariat executive director Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria said.
Media representatives can register for SOM1 and related meetings through https://drs.myapec2020.my/media-registercode=sYe2e2ZKKC, with registration closing on Jan 31, 2020.
All media representatives must be accredited and wear their identification badge at all times to gain access to the meeting venue, facilities and specified events open to the media.
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