Delegates at the conclusion of the senior officials
meeting of the Apec in Hanoi, Vietnam November 13, 2006. [Xinhua]
Senior officials from 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) concluded their two-day meeting here Monday afternoon, paving
way for the coming ministerial meeting and economic leaders' meeting slated for
later this week.
During the meeting, the officials decided to continue to firmly support the
Doha round of WTO negotiations and save the negotiations from the deadlock,
endorsed the Hanoi Action Plan which provides the details required to implement
last year's Busan roadmap to achieve the APEC Bogor goals, and endorsed an APEC
reform package, Le Cong Phung, deputy Vietnamese foreign minister and chair of
the Concluding Senior Officials Meeting, told a press conference after the
Prior to the current concluding meeting, the senior officials held three
meetings on the implementation of the programs worked out at the APEC leaders'
meeting in Busan, South Korea, in November 2005, and preparations for the
current APEC meetings.
APEC currently has 21 members: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China,
China's Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New
Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South
Korea, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. The chairmanship rotates among
its members, with Vietnam holding the chair this year.