PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III will leave on Friday to attend the 19th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week in Honolulu, Hawaii to be held from November 8 to 13.
President Aquino will be joined by a lean delegation led by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.
During the APEC Leaders meeting, the President together with 20 other APEC leaders will discuss relevant issues, including growth and jobs, regulatory reform and competitiveness, and energy efficiency and security.
APEC 2011 which is hosted by the United States, is working towards the achievement of a “seamless regional economy.”
Prior to the APEC Leader’s Meeting, the President will be attending the APEC CEO Summit, which is scheduled on November 11 to 12.
The President will also participate in the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders.
The dialogue gives ABAC members the opportunity to meet with APEC leaders to discuss the entire year’s ABAC work program and to raise issues of pressing concern to the business community.
ABAC Philippines is represented by Ayala Corporation chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Jollibee Foods Corporation and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong and A. Magsaysay Inc. president and CEO Doris Magsaysay Ho.
The APEC Leaders’ Week starts on November 8 with the Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting attended by the APEC Senior Officials from the 21 member economies. (PIA/PCOO)