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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In the context of its monthly Board meeting:

Trade representatives meet to analyze APEC 2019 strategy

The Director General of the General Directorate of International Economic Relations (DIRECON), Rodrigo Yáñez, presented the initiatives that are being developed and invited entrepreneurs to join in the planning of this important meeting.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019.- As part of its General Board Meeting, the National Chamber of Trade, Services and Tourism of Chile held a special meeting with DIRECON Director General Rodrigo Yáñez to review the initiatives that are being organized around APEC 2019, which began in December in Santiago with the Informal Meeting of Senior Officials. This is the second time the country has hosted the APEC Forum (having first done so in 2004).

The President of the professional association, Manuel Melero, stated that, “This will be a very important professional challenge in which we will take part. We will work to play a role and use the APEC Forum to generate platforms for relationships among small and medium-sized enterprises throughout the country and with our trading partners abroad. The goals will be to help small and medium-size enterprises to access international markets through e-commerce, to promote their products abroad and to bring in products from other countries,” adding that, “we hope to generate connections with foreign delegations and to facilitate Internet and e-commerce platforms for future trade.”  

Finally, Melero said, “Our regional professional associations have been tremendously receptive to this work, and we hope to make a significant contribution to the government’s efforts to organize the activities leading up to and including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, especially Small and Medium-Size Enterprise Week, which will be held between the 2nd and 6th of September.”

For his part, Rodrigo Yáñez, said that “APEC is the most dynamic forum in the world today, and it is the main economic integration mechanism in the Asia-Pacific Region, which is key for Chile. The Forum has proven to be a catalyst for economic and trade liberalization processes at the bilateral and multilateral levels, and is also a tool for effectively implementing Chile’s foreign policy objectives in the region.”

We expect nearly 15,000 people to take part in approximately 200 meetings. Hosting APEC is a unique opportunity to showcase our country’s cultural, social and geographic wealth to the member economies of APEC and to identify the major priorities and deliverables of the Forum for 2019,” Yáñez remarked.

Finally, the DIRECON official stated that it is key to move towards positioning and strengthening Chile’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region through the Forum with an approach that is rooted in civil society and connected to the people.

The participation of professional trade associations and each community in every region of the country is thus fundamental, so that they are involved and are a central part of the agenda,” added Rodrigo Yáñez.

During his presentation, DIRECON’s Director General also mentioned that the priorities for the meeting will be issues related to the Digital Society; Women, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Inclusive Growth; Integration 4.0; and Sustainable Growth.

Antofagasta, Copiapó, La Serena, Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Santiago, Concepción and Puerto Varas will host the activities as part of an effort to expose all of the country’s citizens to the Forum through work, cultural, academic, public and sporting events.

APEC Chile 2019

Chile will host the Forum for the second time since it formally joined APEC (it first did so in 2004). Nearly 20,000 people are expected to participate in approximately 200 meetings (ministerial meetings, senior officials meetings, working groups and workshops, business meetings and finally the APEC Leaders’ Summit) and in the various activities related to being the Forum’s host economy of the year.

As such, intense work is being conducted on the thematic and logistical planning, which is part of the commitment that the country formally made in September 2012 and that was included in the APEC Leaders’ Declaration of 2013.

Hosting APEC presents a unique opportunity to showcase the cultural, social and geographic wealth of our country to all APEC economies and to identify major priorities and deliverables of the Forum for 2019.