Wellington, 21 November (IANS). New Zealand Prime Minister Jesinda Ardern took over the Rotating Chairperson of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Saturday, when she joined virtually the leaders of 21 APEC economies for the Forum’s final 2020 meeting.
According to the news agency Xinhua, after receiving the command of APEC chairman from Malaysia Prime Minister Muhiddin Yasin, Ardern said that the country is fully ready to host Virtual APEC 2021.
Ardern said that an innovative and virtual APEC devealer will showcase New Zealand’s digital and creative capabilities that are more important than ever in the time of the Kovid-19.
He said, as chairman, New Zealand would move forward based on Malaysia’s work. And it will ensure that Apec is focused on bringing a change to all our people. This would include continuing Apec’s important work in leading a collaborative regional response to the economic impacts of the Kovid-19.
Ardern said that working together, we will show the value and wider scope of APEC in driving economic recovery for New Zealand and enabling sustainable and inclusive economic growth.