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In a meeting with national and international press

Minister Ampuero details the main progress made for APEC Chile 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Ampuero along with SOM Chair APEC Chile 2019, Mathias Francke, indicated that the Chilean presidency’s focus for the forum will be people-centered, in pursuit of inclusive, comprehensive and sustainable development.

In a meeting with national and international media led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero, together with SOM Chair APEC Chile 2019, Mathias Francke, details were given of the progress made in the organization of APEC Chile 2019.

Under the slogan "Connecting people, building the future," the authorities gave details of the main activities for the Forum that will be implemented throughout the country during the current year, concluding with the Leaders Summit in November, to be attended by the Heads of State of the Asia-Pacific economies.

During the meeting, emphasis was placed on the importance for Chile of holding the presidency of the Forum, the benefits generated for the country as a member of APEC, along with the preferential access to the member economies through 16 trade agreements. Furthermore, the issues that will be discussed in the framework of the First Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 1), to be held between February 23 and March 8, were also revealed.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ampuero said that Chile has benefited from close economic and technical cooperation, and the deepening of the regional economic integration that APEC has fostered. "Through the presidency of the Forum in 2019, we will have the opportunity to show the world all our cultural, social and geographical wealth. In addition to leading the agenda and addressing cutting-edge issues that will influence trade in the coming decades, taking into consideration the benefits to our citizens and in pursuit of inclusive, comprehensive and sustainable development," he said.

Mathias Francke, SOM Chair APEC Chile 2019, said that, given its responsibility in leading the meeting, the Office for APEC Chile 2019 has enthusiastically adopted the agenda of the Forum in order to leave a distinctive mark on the initiatives that will be developed during this year.

"The role that Chile could play is to consolidate APEC as a key Forum in the development of free trade in the Asia-Pacific region. Our objective will be focused on positioning Chile at the forefront of issues related to the digital economy, services trade, the mobility of people, along with SMEs and their insertion in the global economy, among others. These are key areas for 21st century trade," Francke said.

During this year, and within the framework of APEC 2019, more than 20,000 delegates will arrive in the country, where Chile will host around 200 meetings, including working groups, committees, workshops, seminars, high-level talks, meetings of ministers, senior officials and the Leaders Summit.

About APEC

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the main intergovernmental forum to facilitate economic growth, technical and economic cooperation, facilitation and liberalization of trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Created in 1989, it is formed by 21 economies, which Chile joined in 1994.

Our country hosted this forum in 2004 and will do so again in 2019, being the year that also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the forum, and 25 years since Chile became a member state.

APEC represents 60% of world GDP and close to 40% of the global population. In 2017, the region grew by 4.1%, compared to 3.4% in 2016. Furthermore, 58% of investments in Chile come from the APEC region and close to 70% of Chile's exports are destined to this economic zone.

The economies that make up APEC 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 Vietnam.