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APEC China 2014 commences in Ningbo

Press Release – APEC Secretariat Ningbo, China, 22 Feb 2014 – The curtain has risen on APEC China 2014 in the eastern port city of Ningbo where member economies are gathered to strengthen regional integration and trade flows needed to capture greater consumption-based growth.Ningbo, China, 22 Feb 2014 – The curtain has risen on APEC China 2014 in the eastern port city of Ningbo where member economies are gathered to strengthen regional integration and trade flows needed to capture greater consumption-based growth. Building support for comprehensive, high quality trade agreements, and the next steps towards realizing APEC economies’ goal of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, or FTAAP, are among the issues that Senior Officials and technical specialists will seek to take forward here through the coming week. This is in line with the framework and priorities of cooperation within APEC during China’s year as host economy. They include “Advancing Regional Economic Integration,” “Promoting Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth” and “Strengthening Comprehensive Connectivity and Infrastructure Development.” “Experience over the last 25 years has shown to the world the progress APEC economies can achieve when we bring our markets closer together,” said Li Baodong, Vice Foreign Minister of China and Chair of APEC Senior Officials in 2014. “It’s essential that we break new ground to keep growth headed in the right direction and jointly tackle the economic and...

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APEC Members to set priorities for 2014 in Beijing

Press Release – APEC Secretariat Beijing, China, 10 Dec 2013 APEC senior officials have been meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Beijing to determine the priorities for APEC China 2014, just after the World Trade Organization found consensus this weekend in Indonesia and while Trans …Issued by the APEC Secretariat Beijing, China, 10 Dec 2013 APEC senior officials have been meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Beijing to determine the priorities for APEC China 2014, just after the World Trade Organization found consensus this weekend in Indonesia and while Trans Pacific Partnership negotiators are seeking an agreement in Singapore. Officials of APEC, a region that accounts for more almost half of world trade, are studying new opportunities and challenges, including new areas of growth and economic reform for the region. Importantly, they will look at the role APEC will play within the context of the newly agreed Bali Package and noodle bowl of regional trade agreements. Just as the delivery of the Bali Package which encompasses much of what APEC Leaders envisioned – an historic agreement on trade facilitation, some elements of agriculture, and development, including issues of interest to least developed economies provides momentum to multilateral trading system, Senior Officials are discussing the progress negotiators are making to seek a conclusion to the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) and the rise of plurilateral agreements. “Just a few months ago...

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