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Saturday, February 23, 2019

First Senior Officials’ Meeting of APEC Chile 2019 Underway

Over the next two weeks, working groups from the 21 Asia-Pacific economies will meet for the first time in Santiago.

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Santiago, February 22, 2019- From February 23 through March 8, the First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) and related meetings of APEC Chile 2019 will be held.  Over two weeks there will be more than 60 working group meetings, workshops, seminars and site visits, culminating with the SOM1 and the APEC Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting.  All meetings will focus on the four priority areas chosen by Chile for this year: Digital Society; Integration 4.0; Women, SMEs and Inclusive Growth; and Sustainable Growth.

The SOM Chair for APEC Chile 2019, Mathias Francke, stated that Chile’s role in selecting themes and overseeing an agenda that falls within the framework of the forum is indispensable. “Within APEC we exchange experiences, and as the host economy, we want to share those efforts we have made in the areas of the digital economy, trade in services, movement of people, SMEs and their insertion in the global economy, etc.,” he added.

This first round of technical meetings will address the chemical industry dialogue, business mobility, investment experts, oceans and fishing, food security, counter-terrorism, anti-corruption, customs procedures, intellectual property, electronic commerce, and other issues.  

On March 4 and 5, representatives from each economy in the APEC Vision Group (AVG) will meet, so that the Group can provide thematic recommendations and points of view to be included in the APEC vision over the coming years. SOM1 will close on March 7 and 8 with the Senior Officials’ Meeting, during which the working groups will present their reports.  

Highlighting APEC Chile 2019’s focus on citizens and areas outside of the capital city of Santiago, Francke indicated that, in addition to the meetings taking place in the capital, other workshops will be held with representatives from the private sector on topics such as combating illegal logging, data privacy and preventing childhood obesity. “Some of these workshops will be held outside of Santiago, for example, the one on illegal logging will take experts to Talca and we will offer delegates site visits to the Valparaiso Region to discuss wine certification.”

This round of technical meetings is the first of four to be held prior to the Leaders’ Summit on November 16 and 17, which will bring together Senior Officials from the 21 Asia-Pacific economies.  The first SOM will be held in Santiago; the second, in May, will be in Viña del Mar and Valparaiso; the third, in August, will take place in Puerto Varas; and the final meeting, just before the Summit, will also be held in Santiago.

The full calendar of meetings will be available at www.apecchile2019.cl

About APEC

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the foremost intergovernmental forum for promoting economic growth, technical and economic cooperation and facilitating and liberalizing trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Created in 1989, it comprises 21 member economies including Chile, which joined in 1994.

Chile was the APEC host country 15 years ago, in 2004. 2019 also marks APEC's 30th anniversary, and the 25th anniversary since Chile joined.

APEC represents 60% of global GDP, 50% of world trade and 39% of the world's population.

In 2018, APEC accounted for 66% of Chile’s trade with the world, equal to US$98.252 billion in 2018 and 14% higher than in 2017. This was a record high for our country in relation to the Asia-Pacific economies.

58% of investment in Chile originates from the APEC region, and 69% of Chile's exports are shipped to APEC member economies (2017).

The APEC member economies are: Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; South Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; The Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; The United States and Viet Nam.

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Here you can check the gallery of the first images of SOM1.