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September 30, 2019

APEC members arrive in the Coquimbo Region to address economic policies with a gender perspective

This week the city of La Serena will host a series of activities focused on women’s social, cultural and economic inclusion. This opportunity for dialogue is taking place in the run-up to the Leaders’ Summit led by President Sebastián Piñera, which will be held in Santiago this November.

For the first time in its thirty-year history, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has created a space in which to address issues of gender during the events leading up to the Leaders’ Meeting, which will take place on November 16 and 17.

Chile as the host economy of the Forum and Sebastián Piñera’s Government wanted to focus the discussion among the 21 APEC member economies on women’s empowerment.

The event will highlight efforts to enable APEC to connect with the people living in different parts of Chile, such as the Coquimbo Region, the birthplace of renowned poet Gabriela Mistral, whose work was praised by guest officials and delegations.

Women and Gender Equity Undersecretary Carolina Cuevas stated, “we are very proud to be the host economy, and we want to lead, propose trends and engage in work that places women at the center of APEC. There is no better way to launch this effort than holding events in the region in which the most important woman in our country’s history was born.”

La Serena will host an entire week of activities focused on women’s social, cultural and economic inclusion.

Coquimbo Regional Governor Lucía Pinto remarked, “as a region, we are proud to host this forum, particularly because it will generate a conversation about the issue of women, integration and equality. The idea is to generate a roadmap that will allow us to continue to grow and play a central role in the world, as President Piñera is encouraging us to do in Chile.”

Meanwhile, APEC Chile 2019 SOM Chair Mathias Franke, noted, “It is important to emphasize that Chile is the first economy to make women a priority during its year hosting APEC. As such, we anticipate an ambitious outcome: a roadmap that will highlight the importance of the policies to be developed over the next few years by the various economies in order to encourage more hiring, retention and incentives in non-traditional industries, such as transportation and mining, thereby promoting women’s access to leadership positions in the public and private sectors.”

Shaira Toasima, a member of the Malaysia delegation, stated, “they are setting the bar very high for host economies. It will be our turn next year, and this will be an example to follow. This is the first time that an economy has considered the issue of women, and I think that Chile is a pioneer and example for countries like ours.” 

This group meets twice each year to examine the progress made with ongoing projects, propose new challenges and identify areas for collaboration in order to move forward and make the Santiago Roadmap a reality.