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Sunday, May 12, 2019

In Second Senior Officials’ Meeting

Minister Plá underscores Chile's leadership with the Women's Agenda

Between the May 8 and 10, the first meeting of the APEC Chile 2019 women's group was held, chaired by Women and Gender Equity Undersecretary Carolina Cuevas and attended by Women and Gender Equity Minister Isabel Plá. During the first week of the Second Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2), some 30 activities have been held on issues such as human resources, tourism and food security, as well as APEC citizens’ workshops.

Viña del Mar, May 11, 2019.- Between May 8 and 10, the first meeting of the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) group was held. The representatives from the member economies reviewed the progress made with various projects, along with the agenda of activities due to take place in 2019 covering issues such as finance for women-led SMEs, women’s participation in the energy industry and the compilation of statistics in order to make gender gaps visible.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Women and Gender Equity Minister, Isabel Plá, underscored Chile’s efforts to put women at the heart of the APEC agenda for the first time, after thirty years of the forum's existence. "Very important information has been shared to enable our countries to take decisions that will improve the conditions of women at work and close the gaps that still prevent women from participating in equal conditions of economic and social progress," she said.

Human development

With the aim of promoting the wellbeing of all people and achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the region, the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group met between May 4 and 6, in order to generate statistics that will contribute to the progress of public policies to generate more inclusive access to the labor market and the development of mathematical skills to expand learning opportunities in the digital economy.

Tourism week

Between May 7 and 10, in the context of "APEC Tourism Week", a workshop on the Digital Economy was held to promote an inclusive tourism industry. Moreover, working meetings and workshops took place on issues such as climate change and its impact on tourism, the impact of cruise tourism, inclusive tourism and digital commerce.

Tourism Undersecretary Mónica Zalaquett, stressed the importance of holding these meetings, noting that “they are highly important events because they give these 21 major economies the opportunity to come together and for their delegates and senior officials to work together and transfer experience, knowledge and information that is highly valuable for a young industry like ours.”

Global value chains

The insertion of APEC economies in global value chains that cover between 70% and 80% of world trade was discussed in three workshops that focused on the interdependence of trade and investment and the challenges of Industrial Revolution 4.0. "We discussed new issues that are present today, such as the digital economy, inclusion and social issues that had not previously been incorporated," said Viviana Araneda, head of the Department of Global Value Chains at the General Directorate of International Economic Relations (DIRECON).

Citizens’ Agenda

At the end of this first cycle of activities, the SOM Chair of APEC Chile 2019, Mathias Francke, stressed that, thanks to these technical meetings, Chile has been able to take advantage of the visit of international experts to bring the issues of the forum closer to the public. "During the last few days there have been public meetings where experts from the technical groups have participated in discussions, talks and presentations. In the cities of Viña del Mar and Temuco, workshops were held on electronic commerce, the industrial revolution, women, SMEs and digitalization. This agenda will continue on Monday May 13 in the city of Iquique in northern Chile, where we will hold a workshop focused on the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and the Circular Economy."