Trade, security policies outlined at APEC

Updated: 2007-09-06 22:24

Key initiatives including developing fossil energy technologies, establishing energy trade and investment study bodies, formulating action plans for improving energy efficiency and encouraging efforts towards a diversified mix of energy sources.

Human security was another major concern. They said natural disasters, terrorist activities and pandemic diseases, such as bird flu, have the potential to undermine the efforts for economic development and better life.

They recognized that strengthening emergency preparedness is an abiding priority for APEC to ensure a timely and effective response to natural disasters.

They called for information sharing, food supply protection, trade security and better communication in joint efforts to fight against terrorism.  

On the health issue, the ministers reaffirmed their support for full implementation by member economies of the International Health Regulations to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease.

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