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First Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM1)

18 February – 12 March 2021

SOM 1 comprised of more than 70 meetings and helped lay the groundwork for New Zealand’s host year. Pictured is SOM Chair Vangelis Vitalis, second from left, during preparations for ISOM in December.

This was the first formal meeting cluster of New Zealand’s APEC host year, and involved close to 1500 policymakers, business leaders and experts. More than 70 meetings made up the Senior Officials’ Meeting One (SOM 1) cluster.

Senior Officials’ Meetings lay the ground work for ministers’ meetings, are a way to supervise APEC work programmes, and are where officials implement declarations and directives given by the region's leaders and ministers.

At SOM 1, work began on the Implementation Plan – the plan for APEC to achieve the recently signed Putrajaya Vision 2040. This will be a key focus for economies throughout APEC 2021 as the Vision will shape the Asia-Pacific for the next two decades.

Outside of the Senior Officials’ Meeting itself are other meetings for the myriad committees and working groups of APEC – from the Digital Economy Steering Group to the Health Working Group. These working groups are the engine room of APEC, bringing together policy and subject matter experts to progress the important work in their areas.

A virtual media conference was held on Thursday, March 11, as senior officials prepared for their final meeting day of the cluster. Speakers included APEC Secretariat Executive Director Dr Rebecca Sta Maria and APEC SOM chair Vangelis Vitalis. 

SOM 1 Detailed meeting calendar 

February 17

11.59pmCD - Chemical Dialogue

February 18

3pm

ACT NET - APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group

SCSC JRAC - Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance - Joint Regulatory Advisory Committee

BMG ABTC - Business Mobility Group – APEC Business Travel Card Working Group

IEG - Investment Experts Group

DESG DPS - Digital Economy Steering Group - Data Privacy Subgroup

CD - Chemical Dialogue

11.59pmCD Chemical Dialogue

February 19

3pm

ACT WG - Plenary APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group

IEG - Investment Experts Group

SCSC SRB - Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance - Special Regional Bodies

EGILAT - Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade

DESG - Digital Economy Steering Group

February 20

3pm

SCSC- Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance

EGILAT- Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade

DESG- Digital Economy Steering Group

February 22

11.59pmOFWG/ CTI Workshop - APEC Best Practice in Addressing Subsidies that Contribute to IUU Fishing  

February 23

3pm

SCSC - Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance

TEL HOD & Ex Comm - Telecommunications and Information Working Group - Heads of Delegation & Executive Committee

BMG - Business Mobility Group

February 24

3pm

IPEG - Intellectual Property Rights Expert Group

GOS - Group on Services

BMG - Business Mobility Group

PPSTI  - Policy Dialogue Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation

A2C2 - APEC Alliance for Supply Chain Connectivity

TEL Workshop on Open Architectures and Network Virtualisation  

11.59pmLSIF - Life Sciences Innovation Forum

February 25

3pm

IPEG-  Intellectual Property Rights Expert Group

TEL CA & MRA TF - Telecommunications – Conformity Assessment and Mutual Recognition Task Force

CPLG - Competition Policy and Law Group

OFWG - Ocean Fisheries Working Group

PPSTI - Plenary Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation

11.59LSIF - Life Sciences Innovation Forum

February 26

3pm

TEL DSG - Telecommunications and Information Working Group - Development Steering Group

CPLG - Competition Policy and Law Group

MAG - Market Access Group

OFWG - Ocean Fisheries Working Group

SCCP - Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures

February 27

3pm

TEL LSG - Telecommunications and Information Working Group - Liberalisation Steering Group

HWG - Health Working Group

CTWG - Counter-Terrorism Working Group  

SCCP - Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures

March 2

3pm

PPFS - Plenary 1 Policy Partnership on Food Security

SCCP - Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures

TEL SPSG - Telecommunications and Information Working Group - Security and Prosperity Steering Group

BMC - Budget and Management Committee

11.59pm

HWG - Health Working Group

CTI - Retreat Committee on Trade and Investment Retreat

PMU Virtual Project Quality Training - APEC Secretariat Project Management Unit Virtual Project Quality Training  
(Further information about this training will be sent to delegates by the APEC Secretariat)

March 3

3pm

PPFS - Plenary 2 Policy Partnership on Food Security

TEL - Plenary 1 Telecommunications and Information Working Group

PSU - Board Policy Support Unit Board

11.59pm

CTI - Committee on Trade and Investment

SCE Policy Dialogue - Understanding and valuing indigenous economies within APEC SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation Policy Dialogue

March 4

3pm

EC - Economic Committee including Friends of the Chair

TEL - Plenary 2 Telecommunications and Information Working Group

CTI - Committee on Trade and Investment

11.59pm

CTI - Committee on Trade and Investment

SCE COW Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation – Committee of the Whole

March 5

3pm

EC - Economic Committee

SCSC Workshop - Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance - Workshop on Approaches for Communicating Cybersecurity Practices to Stakeholders.

PMU Virtual Project Quality Training - APEC Secretariat Project Management Unit Virtual Project Quality Training
(Further information about this training will be sent to delegates by the APEC Secretariat) 

11.59pmSCE SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation

March 6

3pmFOTC on Connectivity - Friends of the Chair on Connectivity  

March 8

11.59pmSOM ABAC Dialogue - Senior Officials Meeting – APEC Business Advisory Council

March 9

11.59pmSOM Retreat - Senior Officials’ Meeting Retreat

March 10

11.59pmSOM Event – Dedicated Session on Implementing the Putrajaya Vision 2040 - Senior Officials' Meeting

March 11

11.59pmSOM Plenary Senior Officials' Meeting

March 12

11.59pmSOM Plenary - Senior Officials' Meeting