Issued by the APEC Secretariat
At the two-day senior officials’ meeting (SOM) in Sendai, Japan, delegates focused on APEC’s 2010 initiatives including its “high-quality” growth strategy, assessment on progress of the Bogor Goals and the way forward on greater regional economic integration.
They made progress on the substance of APEC’s growth strategy, which aims to improve the quality of economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region in the wake of the global financial crisis, and identifies five key areas to target.
Although the APEC region has become the world’s growth centre by promoting free and open trade and economic integration, APEC Leaders declared in 2009 the need for a strategy on growth, recognising that challenges such as further environmental sustainability and social inclusiveness are essential to the future prosperity and well-being of its citizens.
“Is it clear that member economies cannot continue with ‘growth as usual’ and the quality needs to be improved so that it is more balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure,” APEC Japan 2010 senior official co-chair Shigeru Nakamura said.
“Member economies recognise, for example, the need to protect our environment and natural resources and therefore develop sustainable growth. APEC could also contribute to inclusive growth by promoting policies for job creation as well as more economic opportunities for women,” he said.
APEC Japan 2010 senior official co-chair Hidehiko Nishiyama added: “The meeting made progress towards finalising this strategy which will be presented to leaders on the way forward for the next five years.”
Senior officials also held discussions on the substance of a report that assesses APEC member economies’ progress on free and open trade. The assessment report on meeting the
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Officials also focused on the way forward on APEC’s strategy for structural reform. APEC is undertaking initiatives aimed at making it easier to do business by reducing “behind-the-border” barriers to trade, such as reducing unnecessary and costly regulations and reforming competition policy.
They also focused on ways to accelerate regional economic integration, including possible pathways to a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific.
Officials have been holding related meetings, workshops and symposiums in
The APEC senior officials’ meeting is the third this year, and officials will gather again in November to finalise recommendations for ministers’ and leaders’ meeting, which takes place later that month.
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