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Apec 2012 summit agenda unveiled

Publication Date : 06-06-2012


Russia's National Business Centre for Apec has announced the agenda for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) CEO Summit 2012, "Addressing Challenges. Expanding Possibilities," taking place this September 7 to 8 in Vladivostok, Russia.

This year will mark the first time that the Russian Federation will host the Apec Summit.

The two-day summit will focus on advancing trade and economic policy for the future of the Apec region. More than 700 chief executives from major Asia-Pacific companies as well as government leaders and other influential representatives from the region are expected to take part in the event.

"The upcoming Apec CEO Summit 2012 will be carried out concurrently with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vladivostok, Russia.  It is of paramount importance to our country and to the global business community," said Andrey Kostin, chairman of the Apec CEO Summit 2012

"More than 700 chief executives will discuss key global and strategic issues, including globalisation and economic integration, trade and finance cooperation, transport infrastructure and rapid development of new technologies. I sincerely hope that the decisions made and the relationships formed during the CEO Summit will have a lasting positive impact on the global economy," he said.

The summit is expected to feature dynamic interactions between Apec leaders including the president of the United States, the president of China and the president of the Russian Federation, among others.

"The Apec CEO Summit 2012 will convene leaders from business and government to discuss the most important issues impacting the Asia-Pacific region," said Vladimir Androsik, chairman of the National Business Centre.

"This year's priorities include long-term prospects of regional and global integration, sustainable growth goals and addressing new challenges to trade and investment liberalisation. The summit will also discuss how to eliminate trade and investment barriers for small and medium-sized enterprises, and establish reliable supply chains."

CEO Summit sessions will concentrate on the issues that are most relevant at this stage in the evolution of Apec, including globalisation, energy security and human resources as the key elements of economic development. 

Participants will engage in focused discussions and seek solutions to problems related to securing resources for development, as well as the problems of technologic advancement, the prospects for development of remote regions in Apec economies and the issues of education and the changing roles for women in the world today.

The Russian Federation joined Apec in 1998. Today Apec includes 21 Asia-Pacific economies. Other Apec member economies are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, the United States, and Vietnam.

Members account for 54.9 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product, 47.1 per cent of the world’s goods and services trade, 44.5 per cent of the world’s total accumulated direct investments, and 39.9 per cent of the world’s population.


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