On the invitation of the U.S President Mr Joe Biden, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka is attending the 30th session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in San Francisco today (US local time), joining the conversation on trade and investment, enhanced economic growth, sustainability, and climate and just transition on energy.
Prime Minister Rabuka joins leaders of the 21-member countries of the APEC, representing the Pacific, to engage in meaningful discussions that will map out affirmative actions, and innovative and sustainable solutions for the Pacific region.
The much-talked about summit, chaired by the U.S, will also be attended by the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and captains of industry, business and organisations accredited to the APEC.
Prime Minister Rabuka’s attendance at the summit exemplifies Fiji’s commitment to further strengthening international relations, exploring areas of common interest, particularly on trade and investment, and regional cooperation.
Amongst other important issues, the Head of the People’s Coalition Government will highlight the high disaster risk profile in the Pacific, lack of access to transformational technologies, and ongoing loss and damage from climate change and natural disasters.
Discussions at the APEC summit will focus on regional economic issues, including digitization, women’s economic empowerment, trade facilitation, energy security, food security and health.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Rabuka will meet with His Excellency, President Jinping for the first time on the margins of the APEC Summit to discuss Fiji and China’s longstanding relations.