Preparation for APEC hosting next year ongoing

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

THE Aquino administration has been doing the necessary preparations for the country's hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit next year, a Palace official said Saturday

In an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said among the venues for APEC and related events include Albay, Iloilo and Metro Manila.

As to the specific places, she said the details are still being finalized and the Palace will do the announcement once everything is threshed out.

Valte said the government is already building and rehabilitating infrastructures to be used during the summit.

"Ongoing ang construction natin doon sa isang venue natin na napili, iyong sa Iloilo at iyong dito naman sa Manila ay ongoing na rin ang mga rehabilitation sa isang building na kinakailangan natin to hold the concluding event of the summit," she said.

The venue for the leaders' summit, the business sector and the APEC CEO summit is also being prepared, she said.

At the same time, Valte said the organizing council for the summit has started capacity building workshops to ensure that departments and agencies are ready to host and receive guests from 20 member-economies of the APEC.

"So ngayon nga tini-train na natin ang ating mga departments kasi ang mga department natin mga kanya-kanyang magho-host iyan ng mga ministerial, ng mga senior officials meetings at saka mga technical working groups meeting," Valte said. "So sinisigurado nating handa sila kapag dumating na po iyong kanilang toka."

The country hosted the World Economic Forum on East Asia last May and it will be followed by the APEC summit next year.

The country last hosted APEC summit in 1996 during the presidency of Fidel Ramos. (SDR/Sunnex)

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