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APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM)

Friday 12 November 2021 - Saturday 13 November 2021

  • When: 11.59pm on Friday to 3am Saturday

The pinnacle of New Zealand’s host year, the famous meeting of APEC leaders happens overnight New Zealand time on November 12, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as Chair.

The meeting will be the final meeting of APEC 2021, bringing together leaders from member economies across the Pacific Ocean.

Known in APEC circles as AELM, it draws together work from throughout the year and is a final opportunity each year for Leaders to shape the future of the region.  This year AELM will build on the work of [8?] ministerial meetings, the first-ever extraordinary leaders’ meeting in July, and the APEC Ministerial Meeting just days prior.

This is the meeting where leaders and representatives of economies that collectively represent half of global trade and 60 percent of GDP pose for the famous ‘family photo’ wearing a garment selected by the host nation. Affectionately known as the family photo, the image of the leaders wearing the garment generates international media headlines.

This meeting will also see Prime Minister Ardern hand over the hosting of APEC to Thailand for 2022.

New Zealand will wrap its host year by asking APEC economies to look to the future, to encourage a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic across the region, and to ensure that APEC continues to build on its proud history of regional trade and economic cooperation.

When leaders discuss the future, they will also be talking about APEC’s agenda for the next 20 years – namely how the Putrajaya Vision 2040  will be implemented. It is one of the year’s biggest pieces of work aimed at creating “an open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community by 2040, for the prosperity of all our people and future generations”.

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