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New Zealand ready to host APEC virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pictured in Auckland where she spoke in a virtual meeting for Malaysia's CEO Dialogues. The event ran for 25 hours and the prime minister was interviewed by Microsoft President Brad Smith.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted the mantle of APEC leadership, from Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting.

“We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While this isn’t an in-person meeting, it will be one of the most important international events New Zealand will host in decades,” Ms Ardern said.

“I am excited to have received the mantle of APEC leadership from Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin...

“Most significantly, APEC Leaders launched a new Vision which will provide APEC’s guiding mandate for the coming decades,” Ms Ardern said.  

The Vision will succeed APEC’s 1994 Bogor Goals which set an ambitious objective of free and open trade in the Asia-Pacific by 2020.

“The new Vision commits us to working together across the region to achieve prosperity for all our people by 2040, in a way that is sustainable, innovative, and inclusive”, Ms Ardern said.

“New Zealand will have the privilege of leading the development of an action agenda during our host year to achieve this Vision. This will shape APEC’s work for decades to come."

- NZ Government