President Duterte will attend a virtual APEC summit on COVID-19 pandemic response
President Rodrigo Duterte will join fellow Asia Pacific leaders in a virtual summit to discuss the region’s COVID-19 pandemic response as well as measures to boost economic recovery.
In a statement Thursday night, Malacañang said that President Duterte will participate in the 2021 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Informal Leaders’ Retreat on July 16 from 1900H to 2100H (Manila time) via video conference.
“The President will join his APEC counterparts in a high-level discussion on mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and opportunities for collaboration to accelerate economic recovery,” Malacañang said.
The virtual APEC leaders’ retreat will be hosted by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Among the Asia Pacific leaders expected to attend the virtual meeting were US President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Malacañang said that World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Director Michael Ryan and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva were expected to brief the APEC leaders on “the global economic and health responses to contain the pandemic”.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation was composed of 21 economies: the Philippines, United States, Japan, Russia, China, Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Chile, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Chinese Taipei, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam.