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APEC 2021 Leaders’ Week media guide

26 October 

New Zealand’s APEC host year will culminate in a week-long series of virtual meetings and events in November, including the second gathering of APEC Leaders in 2021.

APEC New Zealand has released a media guide today outlining media access details to all events taking place throughout the week.

The APEC 2021 Leaders’ Week Media Guide contains all the information media will need to plan their coverage of Leaders’ Week, including registration details for:

  • APEC Virtual Media Briefing – 13.00 on 5 November NZDT;
  • APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) Media Conference – 10.15 on 10 November NZDT;
  • APEC CEO Summit – 11-12 November NZDT;
  • APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) Media Conference – 03.30 on 13 November NZDT;

You can download the guide here.

APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM)

The APEC Ministerial Meeting, which will be co-chaired by Minister of Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor and Minister for Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta, will run over two sessions, both starting at 23.59 NZDT on 8 and 9 November.

APEC Economic Leaders’ Retreat (AELR)

Three days later, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will convene her fellow APEC Leaders for the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Retreat. The retreat will consist of two meetings:

The ABAC/Leaders Dialogue, starting at 01.00 NZDT on Friday 12 November, which will be an opportunity for the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) to discuss priority issues for business with the region’s leaders; and

The APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, starting 23.59 NZDT on Friday 12 November. Leaders will build on the significant work undertaken during APEC 2021 to deliver on the year’s policy priorities and agree a plan to implement APEC’s new vision over the next two decades.

APEC 2021 Leaders’ Week will also include:

  • The two-day APEC CEO Summit, the most influential gathering of business and government in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Voices of the Future, which brings together young people from across the APEC region.

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Editor’s note

About APEC 2021

New Zealand’s hosting of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) in 2021 provides an opportunity to lead the agenda on economic recovery. New Zealand is pursuing policy outcomes that strengthen recovery, increase inclusion and sustainability and increase innovation for a digitally-enabled recovery.

Already this year, APEC Trade Ministers have agreed to reduce the costs of vaccination programmes and speed up the flow of vaccines across borders so the region gets vaccinated faster and more cheaply. APEC Structural Reform and Finance Ministers have also coordinated on the tools they have at their disposal to accelerate recovery, and Agricultural Ministers have agreed a 10-year food security roadmap.

The 21 APEC economies represent nearly half of global trade and 38% of the world’s population, and its members are part of 170 Regional Trade Agreements and Free Trade Agreements.

New Zealand’s host year began in December 2020 and concludes in November 2021.