APEC Post-2020 vision to envision open, resilient Asia-Pacific community: Malaysian minister
Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali speaks during the virtually-held Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 16, 2020. APEC's Post-2020 vision will promote an open, dynamic and resilient Asia-Pacific community in charting the direction of the region in the coming decades, Azmin said on Monday. (APEC/Handout via Xinhua)
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)'s Post-2020 vision will promote an open, dynamic and resilient Asia-Pacific community in charting the direction of the region in the coming decades, Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali said on Monday.
In his opening remarks at the virtually-held APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM), Azmin said Malaysia as the host of APEC this year has been leading the effort to finalize the document that is set to build on the success of Bogor Goals and will chart the long-term strategic direction for the region.
"I am tremendously honored that Malaysia is the lead penholder for this crucial document, one that envisions an open, dynamic and resilient Asia Pacific community built upon shared prosperity," he said.
One of APEC's flagship initiatives, the Bogor Goals were announced in 1994 for members to move towards the long-term goal of free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific no later than the year 2020.
Besides working on the document, Azmin said works have been progressing towards overcoming the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.
APEC economies have also advanced the regional trade and investment agenda, as the commitment to the relentless pursuit of free and open trade and investment are made "more imperative" during the difficult time, he said.
"This underscores the will and conviction of the Asia-Pacific to continue to resist the force of protectionism, in whatever form they may come," he said.
The AMM comes ahead of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, which will be virtually held on Nov. 20, when the Post-2020 Vision is expected to be officially endorsed.
APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific. APEC's 21 members aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.[ Editor: WPY ]