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Green growth, integration to top Hawaii APEC agenda

By Wang Fengfeng, Jiang Xufeng (Xinhua)

13:32, November 10, 2011

HONOLULU, United States, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of 21 economies will meet here this weekend for their annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, with topics on green growth, regional economic integration and trade facilitation through improving regulatory coherence expected to top the agenda.

Themed "Toward a Seamless Regional Economy," the upcoming Hawaii APEC has three specific priority areas including strengthening regional economic integration and expanding trade, promoting green growth, and advancing regulatory coherence and cooperation.

Jeffrey Schott, a trade policy expert at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Washington think-tank, told Xinhua recently that he expects APEC leaders to "build on the success in previous years of strengthening cooperation between the 21 economies."

A lot of work in promoting green and sustainable growth will be discussed and promoted, as the APEC has defined green growth as environmentally sustainable economic growth and development, he said.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said recently that the forum's U.S. hosts will seek commitments from participants to encourage competitions and open markets as a way to bolster innovation.

Ernest Bower, director of Southeast Asia Program at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), said renewable energy products and technology are likely the focus of this topic.

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