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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte will advance the country’s views on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) post-2020 vision and current challenges to the multilateral trading system, Malacañang said.

Duterte will engage leaders from 21 Asia Pacific member economies via teleconference for the 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on November 20.

The member-economies are expected to discuss responses in mitigating the health and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and economic recovery efforts.

According to a Palace statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez will join Duterte during the meeting.

The 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, chaired by Malaysia, will focus on the theme “Optimising Human Potential Towards a Resilient Future of Shared Prosperity: Pivot. Prioritise. Progress.”

The priority areas of Malaysia’s chairmanship are improving the narrative of trade and investment, inclusive economic participation through the digital economy, and driving innovative technology.

APEC consists Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States of America, and Vietnam.

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