BANGKOK: The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) secretariat says it supports the move to cancel the Apec Summit in Chile due to anti-government protests there as the safety and welfare of Chile and Apec member economies are of utmost importance.
Apec secretariat executive director Tan Sri Rebecca Sta Maria (pic) said the secretariat supported the decision taken by Chile president Sebastian Pinera to suspend the Apec Leaders Week which was slated for Nov 16 and 17.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was originally scheduled to attend the summit along with US president Donald Trump, Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Malaysia is hosting the Apec summit next year.
“We thank Chile for tirelessly advocating for more inclusive growth throughout its host year, including by prioritising the economic empowerment of women and small businesses.
“All Apec members will continue to advance this critical agenda of making sure that all communities across the Asia-Pacific reap the benefits of economic growth and integration,” said Sta Maria.
Apec member economies comprise Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
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