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German Chancellor Angela Merkel to provide a European perspective at APEC CEO Summit 2021

Respected European leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss the state of the world with and post-COVID with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on day two of the APEC CEO Summit being hosted in Auckland, New Zealand in November.

In a conversation facilitated by Microsoft president and vice chair Brad Smith, the two leaders will discuss the global recovery and consider opportunities for APEC and Europe to work together as the world builds back after the global pandemic.

Drawing on her experience in Germany and within the European Union, Chancellor Merkel will discuss how cooperation and collaboration is the key to progress, while also providing a view of the APEC region and its issues from the position of a European leader.

Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since November 2005. She is the first woman and the first East German to hold this office.

In foreign policy, Merkel has emphasised international cooperation, both in the context of the European Union and NATO and strengthening transatlantic economic relations. In 2008, Merkel served as President of the European Council and played a central role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration. Merkel played a crucial role in managing the global financial crisis of 2007–2008 and the European debt crisis.

She has served as senior G7 leader since 2014, and previously from 2011 to 2012. In 2014 she became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union. In October 2018, Angela Merkel announced that she would stand down as Leader of the CDU at the party convention and would not seek a fifth term as Chancellor in the 2021 federal election. She continues to serve as Chancellor while the process of forming a new government continues.

Keynote speakers already confirmed for the APEC CEO Summit include Robyn Denholm, Jerome Foster II, Amal Clooney, Richard Edelman, Professor Jonathan HaidtDr David SuzukiAmber Mac and Tony Fernandes, alongside a host of high-powered panellists who will discuss a range of key themes.

This year’s APEC CEO Summit is a virtual gathering of the world’s most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies. Delegates will attend online at the Summit which is being hosted and broadcast from the Aotea Centre in central Auckland on 11 and 12 November 2021 (NZT).

The APEC CEO Summit 2021 will focus on five themes:

The state of the world with and post Covid: economic recovery, trade and protectionism.

The Digital Disruption Opportunity: digital transformation, technology and innovation, and the importance of digital equity.

The Primacy of Trust: ESG (environmental, social, governance) – the next focus for business, and business as a force for good.

The Future of Energy: clean technology, renewable energy, and energy transition including hydrogen.

The Sustainability Imperative: sustainable growth, climate change, food sustainability and provenance.

The Summit is being supported by premier partners:  PwC (Knowledge Partner), Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft, and Westpac NZ.

For more information:

Cas Carter, 021 341 509,

Visit the website APEC 2021 NZ: APEC CEO Summit for the latest news and information on the programme, speakers and registration.

Media are welcome to attend the APEC CEO Summit 2021. Visit the website for more information.

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Editor’s note:

About the APEC CEO Summit

The APEC CEO Summit is the most influential meeting of business and government in the Asia Pacific. The forum provides opportunities for governance, chief executives and world business leaders to engage with each other and with the leaders of the APEC economies. Each year, the CEO Summit draws the region’s business leaders, intellectuals, and media personalities for interactive discussions with APEC Leaders on key trade and economic issues facing the Asia-Pacific. The summit in November will address the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time, providing a forum to develop solutions for the region’s future. It will be a virtual event – live in Auckland, New Zealand and broadcast across the Asia-Pacific. It will provide a unique opportunity to connect with other business leaders around the region. PwC has retained their long association as Knowledge Partner of the 2021 APEC CEO Summit. They are joined by additional Premier Partners Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft and Westpac NZ. Barbara Chapman is the Chair of the APEC CEO Summit 2021.

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