PH starts looking for sites to host APEC meet

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WITH barely two years before the Philippines’ hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2015, the National Organizing Council has started scouting for the venue of the event.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Lauro Baja Jr. said that the council is considering Metro Manila and key areas to be the sites for the 2015 APEC Summit.

Besides Metro Manila, the council is also considering Cebu, Tagaytay, Clark, Subic, Albay, Iloilo, Bacolod, Boracay and Davao as potential sites for the summit.

A team headed by the Department of Foreign Affairs visited Boracay for a week-long survey and assessment in preparation for the Philippines hosting of the APEC leaders meeting.

Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies that include the Philippines met in Vladivostok, Russia in September 2012, wherein it was announced that the country will be hosting the summit in 2015.

It was also announced that this year’s summit will be hosted by Indonesia, by China in 2014, and by Peru in 2016.

The APEC leaders also agreed to discuss ways for regional development focused on trade and investment liberalization, regional economic integration, food security, supply chains and cooperation to foster innovative growth.

The Philippines’ hosting of the APEC Summit will start in December 2014 and last until November 2015.

In choosing the venue, Baja said the government is considering the following: facilities and infrastructure; security and public safety; power and water conditions; cleanliness and sanitation condition; medical services availability and hospitality services.

He said that there should be a partnership between the national government, local government unit and the private sector to attain the “Liveable City” principles.

The APEC region accounts for approximately 40 percent of the world’s population, 57 percent of world gross domestic product and 48 percent of global trade.

Ritchie A. Horario

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