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Peru FA Minister attends APEC meeting

09:10 | Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Nov. 16.

Peruvian Foreign Affairs Minister Nestor Popolizio on Thursday defended multilateralism, as well as the free flow of trade, investment, and people as a tool to generate high-quality growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region's economies.

Remarks were made during the 30th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) Ministerial Meeting (AMM). 

Likewise, the cabinet member indicated the Inca country rejects protectionism. 

According to the official, it is necessary to make progress on APEC's regional economic integration agenda, especially through the implementation of Lima Declaration on Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific and the cooperation with other regional initiatives, such as the Pacific Alliance —a bloc also composed of Mexico, Chile, and Colombia.

On the other hand, the Foreign Affairs representative stressed the urgency of assuring that international trade benefits reach all social sectors, particularly micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs); women; and youth. 

Lastly, Popolizio reaffirmed Peru's support for APEC's Post-2020 Vision, an initiative that started in the Inca Nation back in 2016. As is known, Peruvian Ambassador Allan Wagner serves as APEC Vision Group Chairman. 

Peru has been an APEC member since 1998, and it was the host country of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, both in 2008 and 2016. 

The APEC Economic Leaders Week (AELW) currently takes place in Port Moresby. 

Within this framework, Minister Popolizio will also attend the 4th APEC Business Advisory Council Meeting (ABAC), and 26th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM). 

(END) NDP/DTK/MVB

Published: 11/16/2018
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