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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Puerto Varas to host third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting

Over the course of two weeks, 2,500 delegates and experts from APEC economies will discuss food security, health, services, the digital economy and other topics.

August 13, 2019. Some 135 activities, including meetings, seminars, workshops and APEC Citizen events are set to take place between August 15 and 30 in Puerto Varas, the city that will host the Third Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3) and related events.

Over the course of two weeks, 2,500 delegates and experts from APEC economies will discuss such diverse topics as health, services, food security, digital economy, anti-corruption and transparency, oceans and fishing, intellectual property, customs, science, technology and innovation, and emergency preparedness.

The activities will take place simultaneously at the Enjoy, Cumbres, Dreams Los Volcanes, Bellavista and Cabaña del Lago Hotels.

Food Security Week will be held from August 15 to 24. It will include workshops on topics related to rural development, strengthening regulatory cooperation, sustainable development in agriculture in rural areas and women in agriculture and fisheries. There will also be a High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology Meeting. The activities will conclude with the Food Security Ministerial Meeting on August 23 and 24, which will be chaired by Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker. That event will focus on four topics: sustainability in food systems, using new technologies to promote food security and methods for increasing associativity in food value chains and strengthening rural development.   

Meetings and working groups focused on health will take place August 15 through 21. These will specifically address the region’s aging population and strengthening healthcare systems through accessibility, sustainability and quality of care. The meeting will conclude on August 20 and 21 with the High-Level Meeting on Health & the Economy, in which Chile’s Health Minister, Jaime Mañalich, will participate.

The Services Summit will follow as part of an effort to provide the final push for the Bogor Goals through meetings on domestic regulations, competitiveness and transparency and predictability in the development of laws in this area. This event will be held August 18 through 23.

The following groups will also hold meetings: Business Mobility, Intellectual Property Rights Experts, Science, Illegal Logging, Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures, Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts, Investment Experts, Market Access and the APEC Vision Group (AVG). Another highlight will be the Chemical Dialogue Plenary Meeting, which includes a forum on regulatory cooperation in Latin America and will be attended by representatives from Argentina, Colombia and Brazil.

Citizen Events

Some 15 Citizen APEC workshops and seminars featuring experts from APEC economies that are designed to allow the public to learn about the work of the Forum will be held in parallel to SOM 3. These events will take place in various cities in the Los Lagos Region, including Puerto Montt, Ancud and Castro, as well as other Chilean cities such as Valdivia, Victoria, Santiago and Punta Arenas.

As was the case with SOM 1 in Santiago and SOM 2 in Viña del Mar, Chilean Villages will be included as a way to allow Chilean SMEs to showcase their products to APEC economy delegates and the general public.

Puerto Varas was chosen as one of the APEC Chile 2019 host cities as part of the goal of showcasing Chile’s regions and their people, culture, capacity for entrepreneurship and beautiful scenery and tourist attractions.

A range of activities will be held for representatives of APEC economies, such as visits to Pérez Rosales National Park, the Osorno Volcano monitoring station and the Senda Nativa Romahue trail and wildlife refuge. Participants will also plant 50 native trees in the Llanquihue Wetlands and place the cornerstone for the APEC Plaza in Puerto Varas.

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