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Thursday, July 18, 2019

APEC Pre-Advance finalizes preliminary details for Leaders’ Meeting

La Moneda Presidential Palace, Arturo Merino Benítez Airport and the Espacio Riesco Exposition and Convention Center were visited by representatives of APEC economies.

Nearly 7,000 people are expected to attend the APEC Chile 2019 Leaders’ Meeting on November 16 and 17 in Santiago. The host country is preparing for the most important event of the Forum, which sets the guidelines for future work in APEC.

As part of the preparation process, the Pre-Advance of the Leaders’ Meeting was held July 17 and 18 at several locations in Santiago, including La Moneda Presidential Palace, Arturo Merino Benítez Airport and the Espacio Riesco Exposition and Convention Center. Nearly 100 foreign representatives traveled to the capital to learn about the plans that Chile is developing and share requests with organizers on behalf of their leaders or delegations.

They had a busy two days that began with overviews about the organization of the events followed by bilateral meetings on protocol, security, production and logistics, transportation, health and press,” explained APEC Chile 2019 SOM Chair Mathias Francke.

The Pre-Advance began at the Espacio Riesco Exposition and Convention Center in Huechuraba, where a presentation was offered on the protocols and logistics of the upcoming meeting. Nearly 100 bilateral meetings between the economies and the teams responsible for aspects such as protocols, security, logistics, transportation, health and press also took place.

The next day, the meeting point was Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez Airport, where participants learned about the arrival and departure processes for leaders. Logistics teams from the Air Force, airport administration, Customs, the Agriculture and Livestock Service, Chilean uniformed police and the Investigative Police took part in this segment of the visit.

The attendees then met at La Moneda Presidential Palace to review the route and security protocols that will be in place for the leaders who attend the official dinner provided by the host leader and pose for the traditional official photograph.

This is a tremendous challenge, and there is always room for improvement, but the positive and encouraging feedback that we received at the end of the Pre-Advance suggests that we are on the right path. We are all committed to achieving the best possible result for Chile in regard to the global exposure associated with visits by world leaders and the agreements that are reached,” Mathias Francke remarked.

The Pre-Advance leads up to the Advance meeting, which will take place in October and involves finalizing the details for the Leaders’ Meeting.



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