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Sunday, March 3, 2019

APEC Chile 2019:

APEC Economies value the spirit of dialogue promoted by Chile during the first week of meetings

Since February 23, more than 50 activities have taken place, attended by around two thousand delegates, from both Chile and abroad.

Following the first week of official APEC 2019 meetings in Santiago (SOM1), representatives from the 21 member economies expressed their appreciation for the focus Chile has placed on returning to the forum’s early foundations of open dialogue and collaboration.


During the first nine days of the event, there have been over 50 activities, workshops, group meetings and site visits covering diverse topics such as anti-corruption initiatives, illegal logging, customs procedures, digital commerce, childhood obesity and health, among others, attended by sector-specific and ministerial level authorities.


The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) met for the first time this year from March 2 until March 4 in Atlanta, USA.  The meeting was led by Richard von Appen, ABAC Chair, accompanied by Chilean ABAC members Alfonso Swett, Alejandra Mustakis and Eduardo Chadwick and the Executive Director of ABAC Chile 2019, Loreto Leyton.


This event was also attended by Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade, Rodrigo Yáñez, the Chilean SOM Chair, Mathias Francke, the Chilean SOM, Benjamin Salas and the President of the CEO Summit, Jean-Paul Luksic. They participated in the traditional ABAC-APEC dialogue, which brings together government officials and leaders from the private sector in order to move forward on a common and collaborative agenda for the year.


During this meeting, public and private dialogues were held on regional economic integration.  Chile presented its priorities for APEC Chile 2019 and a discussion was held on the impact of digitalization on industries and international trade with future forum host economies: Malaysia (2020) and New Zealand (2021).


Beginning tomorrow, as part of SOM 1, discussions on a future vision for APEC will commence.  Foreign Affairs Minister Roberto Ampuero will take part. The APEC Telecommunications Working Group (APECTEL) meeting will also get underway, led by Chile’s Transport and Telecommunications Minister, Gloria Hutt.


This week, financial meetings will begin with a gathering of representatives from the Finance Ministries and Central Banks, leading up to the meeting of the 21 Senior Officials  on March 7 and 8.