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Watch the full SOM 1 media conference

During the week of APEC Senior Officials meetings, media were invited to join a virtual media conference with SOM Chair Vangelis Vitalis and APEC Secretariat Executive Director Dr Rebecca Sta Maria.

On Thursday afternoon, the first virtual media conference of APEC 2021 was held for domestic and international media. 

APEC 2021 SOM Chair Vangelis Vitalis and APEC Secretariat Executive Director Dr Rebecca Sta Maria fronted media who joined physically and virtually for the 30-minute session. 

Topics covered during the Q&A sessions included New Zealand’s desire to reduce or eliminate trade barriers on COVID-19 essential items to support the COVID-19 response, including vaccines, syringes, face masks, the practicalities and challenges of hosting APEC virtually, and the likely progress that could be made on New Zealand’s policy priorities and reaching consensus at this year’s leaders’ meeting.

Watch the full media conference above.