President Aquino leaves Friday afternoon to attend APEC meeting in Hawaii

November 10, 2011 10:48 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 10 — President Benigno S. Aquino III will leave Friday afternoon for Honolulu, Hawaii, to attend the 19th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week. The APEC meeting in Hawaii will be held from November 8 to 13.

President Aquino, who leaves 4 p.m. Friday, will be joined by a lean delegation led by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Transportation and Communication Secretary Mar Roxas, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Energy Secretary Rene Almendras and Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda.

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, who will also join the President in Hawaii, is already abroad, Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang on Thursday.

During the APEC Leaders meeting, the President will join 20 other APEC heads of state to discuss growth and jobs, regulatory reforms and competitiveness, as well as energy efficiency and security.

APEC 2011, which is hosted by the United States, is working towards the achievement of a “seamless regional economy” within the Pacific-rim countries.

Prior to the APEC Leader’s Meeting, the President will be attending the APEC CEO Summit to be held on November 11 to 12.

After attending the CEO summit, the President will participate in the APEC Business Advisory Council Dialogue with Leaders.

Aside from attending the APEC meeting, the President is also scheduled to meet the members of the Filipino community in Honolulu, Lacierda said. (PNA)

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