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Friday, May 18, 2018

Direcon appoints attorney Jorge Sahd as Chile's representative to develop APEC's future vision

Chile, together with the 21 economies that make up the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, seek to renew the commitment to promote free and open trade through the setting up of a high level group called the APEC Vision Group (AVG), which will provide thematic recommendations and approaches to be included in the post-2020 vision of the forum.

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This week, Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade and Chile’s SOM Chair for APEC 2019, Rodrigo Yáñez, appointed the lawyer and academic from the Universidad Católica, Jorge Sahd, as the country's representative at the high-level APEC Vision Group (AVG), which is responsible for designing the post-2020 vision of the forum.

The appointment comes the two years before the deadline for the fulfilment of the Bogor Goals, a principle that has guided the work of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) for the last 25 years. The organization has sought the promotion of free and open trade among its 21 economies, which together currently represent 60% of world GDP and nearly 40% of the global population.

Vice Minister Yáñez said the appointment was important to renewing the forum’s commitment from a perspective of implementing practices in favor of a more inclusive globalization process, where the benefits of free trade will generate greater economic growth, employment, and welfare for all citizens.

"The development of this new vision for APEC is a task of great importance, as it may constitute one of the highlights of our year hosting APEC. Chile aims for APEC’s Post-2020 vision to renew the forum's commitment to a more inclusive globalization process, where the benefits of free trade can be more widely shared with all citizens" he said.

Jorge Sahd, who currently serves as Director of the Center for International Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, will be officially integrated into the forum's activities during the first meeting of the group scheduled for May 22, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.