Chile delivers its results for APEC 2019
On December 7, the Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM) will be held in Singapore, where the main results of APEC Chile 2019 will be presented.
Santiago, December 3, 2019. Following the cancellation of the 2019 APEC Economics Leaders’ Week, which had been planned for November 11-17 in Santiago, Senior Officials of APEC’s 21 economies will meet in Singapore on December 7 to close the year and for Chile to report the most important results of its host year.
Additionally, the meeting will allow Chile to present its ideas for the implementation of the Ocean Protection and Women's Roadmaps agreed to this year, as well as to propose that Senior Officials agree as soon as possible on the work program of the Digital Economy Steering Group, which was formalized during meetings in Puerto Varas last August. During CSOM, Senior Officials will also begin to discuss APEC’s post 2020 vision – the deadline year for achieving the Bogor Goals, which have guided APEC's work since 1994. It should be presented to APEC Leaders in November 2020.
The Chilean delegation will be led by Mathias Francke, SOM Chair of APEC Chile 2019, and Krasna Bobenrieth, APEC Chile 2019 Policy Director, both of whom led work this year and prior to 2019. Together with their teams, they carried out a highly ambitious work plan that led to excellent results, as reflected in the 56 Chilean initiatives approved this year across different committees and working groups, including 5 consensus ministerial declarations. Highlights include the APEC Trade Ministers' Declaration which, for the first time since 2015, reached consensus on rules-based support for free and open trade, on the need to improve the functioning of the World Trade Organization, on moving forward with the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, and on revitalizing APEC’s work with the private sector.
The results achieved not only demonstrate Chile’s strong leadership and ambition. Given the present context of international trade tensions, they also reflect a great capacity for fostering and building consensus.
Among Chile’s most important achievements this year are three Roadmaps which will guide the Forum's future work on a key domestic priority: working towards more inclusive and sustainable growth. The Roadmaps on Marine Debris and on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) established concrete areas of work and represent two central deliverables under Chile’s Sustainable Growth APEC host year priority, thus contributing to domestic efforts to promote work and concrete actions for the protection of marine ecosystems.
The Santiago Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth seeks to promote the greater economic empowerment of women and to reduce existing gaps between women and men in the Asia-Pacific region throughout to 2030. To guide APEC’s work in this area, it established concrete goals and objectives, such as: increasing the number of women in leadership positions; supporting the development of women's skills, especially in science, technology and mathematics; and reducing the digital literacy gap for women, among other action areas. It should be noted that, in APEC’s 30 years of history, Chile is the first economy to elevate women’s issues to the level of a host year priority for all members of the Forum. In this sense, the Roadmap’s approval represents a concrete and important step forward in the promotion of more inclusive development in the region.
Following CSOM, the Chilean delegation will go to Langkawi, Malaysia from December 9-11 to participate in the Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting (ISOM) which launches the APEC Malaysia 2020 year.
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