President Marcos to Attend APEC Summit in San Francisco

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. confirmed on Wednesday that he will travel to the United States in November to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader’s Summit in San Francisco.

“This will be my third trip to the US since I assumed office,” the president said in a press conference at Malacañang Palace.

The president said he looks forward to meeting with US President Kamala Harris and other leaders from the 21-member APEC bloc, which accounts for nearly half of the world’s trade and 60% of its GDP.

He said he hopes to discuss ways to strengthen regional cooperation, promote economic recovery, and address common challenges such as climate change, pandemic response, and cybersecurity.

“I believe that APEC is a vital platform for advancing our shared interests and values in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

“We have to work together to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable future for our people.”

The president also said he plans to hold bilateral meetings with some of his counterparts on the sidelines of the summit, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

He said he will seek to enhance the Philippines’ strategic partnerships with these countries and explore new opportunities for trade and investment.

The APEC Leader’s Summit, which was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held on November 12-13 in San Francisco, California.

It will be the first in-person meeting of the APEC leaders since 2019.

The theme of this year’s summit is “Securing Our Shared Prosperity in the 21st Century.”

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