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Najib Arrives In Manila For APEC Meet

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MANILA – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrived here today for the 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit.

He was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Minister of International Trade and Industry (Miti) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Miti Minister II Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, as well as senior government officials.

The Philippines’ President, Benigno S.Aquino III, will chair the two-day Summit starting tomorrow, which will be preceded by the 27th APEC Ministerial Meeting and 27th APEC Concluding Senior Officials Meeting.

Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, is expected to hold several bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the margins of the Summit, to discuss bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

Among the key leaders the Prime Minister is scheduled to meet here are China’s President Xi JinPing later today, followed by New Zealand Prime Minister, John Phillip Key and Vietnam’s President, Truong Tan Sang.

At the Leaders Retreat Sessions on Nov 19, leaders from the 21 APEC economies will deliberate APEC’s 2015 priorities as outlined by the host, the Philippines.

Under the theme, “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World”, discussions will focus on two sessions, namely inclusive growth through integrated economies and inclusive growth through sustainable and resilient

The Leaders, in Retreat I will discuss the vision for regional economic integration against the backdrop of the Asia Pacific economy, given that the respective economies have different levels of development and domestic policies.

Meanwhile, at Retreat II, the focus will be on the human and societal dimensions of APEC work, such as actions to address income disparity and inequity, access to food, water and other issues.

The annual Summit is regarded as a major platform to discuss regional economic cooperation, trade and investment, which can simultaneously strengthen bilateral relations among member economies.- BERNAMA


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