Medvedev will take part in the APEC summit and will speak at a Business summit

MOSCOW, 18 Nov. Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev will participate in the 23rd summit of heads of state and government of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation (APEC) in the Philippines, where he will speak at a Business summit, will participate in a meeting of leaders with members of the Business Advisory Council and the APEC leaders ‘ meeting with members of the Pacific Alliance.

Plans for the summit

According to the officer of the government, the summit will be held in two sessions (“retreats” / retreats) and working Breakfast leaders. “The discussions at the upcoming summit will focus on issues of deepening regional integration and comprehensive development”, — stated in the message.

It is planned that following the meeting of heads of state and government adopted the Declaration of the APEC leaders, which will reflect the agreed approaches to the development of cooperation in these areas, and a separate statement on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of APEC.

As expected, November 18, Medvedev will speak at the APEC CEO summit, and will also participate in the meeting of leaders with members of the Business Advisory Council and the APEC leaders ‘ meeting with members of the Pacific Alliance (Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile).

Previously in charge of foreign policy aide to Russian President Yuri Ushakov told journalists that Moscow hopes for a meeting of Medvedev with the President of the Philippines at the APEC summit. Earlier it was planned that the summit will be attended by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. “I can say that we have provided for the appointment with the host of the APEC summit, and we hope that there will be a meeting of the President of the Philippines with our Prime Minister”, — said Ushakov.

Questions for discussion

As one of the most important achievements of 2015, Russia considered the start of the practical implementation adopted at the summit 2014 in Beijing roadmap to promote the formation of the Asia-Pacific free trade zone as an open and non-discriminatory regional market. Russia takes an active part in this work, with particular emphasis on the need to respect the interests of all regional integration projects, including the Eurasian economic Union.

Discussions at the upcoming summit, expected to focus on deepening regional integration and achieve inclusive development. Probably, reference will be made to identify measures that can be an effective response to such economic challenges as the growing gap in incomes of different groups of countries and segments of the population, disruptions in business activities during natural disasters, the weakening food security.

Special attention will be paid to facilitating the participation of micro, small and medium enterprises to international markets, promotion of services trade, the stabilization of the financial situation in the region.

Currently in APEC involves 21 countries and the territory of the Asia-Pacific region (APR) — Australia, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Canada, China, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia (since 1998), Singapore, USA, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Chile and Japan.