PGMA flies to Sydney for APEC Summit
Manila (6 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has left the country for Sydney, Australia to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit.
The APEC meeting is an opportunity for the Philippines to highlight the government's long-term economic achievement. Among this is the chance for the Philippine government to send a clear and strong message to the APEC about the Philippines' economic gains in recent years and inform the regional bloc's members on the country's fiscal and economic reforms undertaken that are manifesting concrete results as shown by the country's 2007 second quarter economic growth which is the fastest in two decades.
The Philippines will likewise push for environmental protection and discuss programs on how to mitigate the effects of climate change. It will continue to encourage the revival of the Doha Development Round of world trade talks and underscore the continuing need to increase the region's capabilities to combat terrorism and respond to threats to public health.
The President will be having bilateral talks with several world leaders and meet with Australian business groups. (PIA-MMIO) [top]