In photos: APEC Informal Leaders' Retreat
On Friday, 16 July, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern chaired the first ever informal meeting of APEC leaders.
“For the first time in APEC’s history leaders have come together for an extraordinary meeting focused exclusively on COVID-19, and how our region can navigate out of the worst health and economic crisis in living memory,” the Prime Minister said.
Leading a regional health, trade and economic response to the pandemic has been one of New Zealand’s priorities as APEC 2021 chair.
The meeting builds on progress made at APEC trade, structural reform and finance ministers’ meetings from last month and sets a strong foundation for when APEC Leaders meet again in November.