Philippine president to attend APEC meeting in Japan

18:26, November 04, 2010      

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will leave next week for a four-day trip to Japan to attend the 18th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting (AELM), the Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday.

In a news briefing in Malacanang Palace, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Antonio Rodriguez said that Aquino, accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo and Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, will leave on November 11 for Tokyo before proceeding to Yokohama to attend the AELM from November 12- 15.

He said Aquino will lead the Philippines in actively engaging 20 other APEC member economies to enhance the country's leading role in the advocacy for human resources development, employment creation, addressing the social dimensions of globalization, and sustaining cooperation in economic and technical cooperation for developing economies to foster 21st century competitiveness.

"Numerous heads of state have expressed interest to meet with President Aquino on the sidelines of the 18th AELM to discuss bilateral trade and development opportunities for the Philippines, " he said.

Aquino's visit to Japan will be his third overseas trip following the United States and Vietnam since he assumed office on June 30.

Source: Xinhua


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