Singapore to host 18th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum

17:12, December 17, 2009      

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The Parliament of Singapore announced on Thursday that it will be hosting the 18th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) from Jan. 17 to 22, 2010.

The annual meeting is expected to discuss topics concerning political and security matters, economic and trade matters, and regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. Some of the issues, among others, that will come up for discussion are, cooperation in the ASEAN-Regional Forum (ARF), situation on the Korean Peninsula, Middle East peace process, terrorism, current economic and financial crisis and positioning for recovery, promoting trade liberalization and combating protectionism, energy security and climate change.

The APPF comprises of 27 members, namely Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, China, Ecuador, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. Brunei usually attends as an observer. About 300 participants are expected to attend this meeting.

Source: Xinhua
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