Senior Officials for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation have wrapped up more than two weeks of talks in Beijing. The sessions culminated with the final two days of meetings, which covered a broad range of issues, such as trade and investment, agriculture, and anti-corruption. And officials also set the agenda for the year’s final APEC leaders meeting, which will take place in November.
China’s senior APEC representative, Tan Jian, said officials at the talks had reviewed current progress, and facilitated future APEC cooperation initiatives, in preparation for November’s APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Beijing.
"During the past 16 days, we’ve reached a common consensus on deepening cooperation within the APEC framework, and setting the stage for the Economic Leaders meeting," Tan said.
In-depth discussions were held on three priority areas: Advancing Regional Economic Integration, promoting Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth, and Strengthening Comprehensive Connectivity and Infrastructure Development.
"During these talks, we’ve also expanded consensus on the APEC Blueprint on Connectivity, and discussed the best way of promoting the APEC Public-Private Partnership Framework. We’ve discussed strengthening investment and financial support to the APEC Connectivity and Infrastructure Development program, and how to facilitate Soft Connectivity and People-to-People Connectivity," Tan said.
Beijing is hosting the APEC meetings this year. The latest run of talks opened on August 6th, and has involved around 100 sessions, and 3 thousand delegates. They were aimed at improving trade, investment, agriculture, food and anti-corruption initiatives. The past two days have witnessed the culmination of those discussions... and some firm agendas have been set.
Pushing forward economic integration was one of the priorities of the two-day gathering. China has always been thinking about ways to make new contributions for deepening the Asia-Pacific economic integration and pushing for more substantial outcomes of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November.