PUTRAJAYA, Feb 21 -- The first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) here is on overdrive mode to deliberate on the discussions and agenda directly supporting the APEC 2020 priority areas before the senior officials conclude their meetings tomorrow.
APEC 2020 SOM chair Hairil Yahri Yaacob said since the commencement of the SOM1 related meetings on Feb 3, they have discussed a range of topics including trade and investment, economic cooperation, business mobility, food security, sustainable development, customs procedures, health and intellectual property rights.
Malaysia, which is hosting APEC 2020, had presented its theme, priority areas and deliverables in all the SOM1 related meetings and the background papers related to the deliverables in support of these priority areas, he said.
The priority areas are improving the narrative of trade and investment; inclusive economic participation through digital economy and technology; and driving innovative sustainability, he said.
Malaysia has chosen the theme ‘Optimising Human Potential towards a Future of Shared Prosperity’ for APEC 2020, indicating that the philosophy underpinning the gathering is ‘Shared Prosperity.’
"Guided by the aspiration of creating equal opportunities for all the people in the region, APEC 2020 will focus on activities and initiatives that APEC economies can undertake as a group to advance the theme around the three corresponding priority areas," said Hairil Yahri in his opening remarks at SOM1 here today.
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