Opportunities for collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region as well as economic and health responses to accelerate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic are set to be among the main focus of discussions between leaders from member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) during the Informal APEC Leaders’ Retreat, which is set to be held virtually via video conference on 16 July 2021.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is set to join the APEC Meeting, which will be chaired by Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern as Chairman of APEC for 2021.

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The Meeting will also feature presentations from the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Executive Director of the Health Emergencies Programme at the World Health Organisation (WHO), which will touch on economic and health responses of the Asia-Pacific region to the COVID-19 pandemic.

APEC comprises 21 member economies in the Asia-Pacific Region, namely Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; the People’s Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; the Republic of Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; the Republic of the Philippines; the Russian Federation; the Republic of Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; the United States; and Viet Nam.

The 28th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM), which sets the policy agenda for APEC, is expected to be held in November 2021.

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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