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Mohamed Azmin Ali: Malaysia Announced Its Intention To Hold The APEC Summit In November In A Face-To-Face Format

Mohamed Azmin Ali: Malaysia Announced Its Intention To Hold The APEC Summit In November In A Face-To-Face Format

The Malaysian authorities expect to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November in a face-to-face format, according to Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali during a video conference with colleagues in the bloc.

"The government has come to a consensus not to rule out a format that provides for direct meetings of the leaders of the APEC economies," the head of the Department said. According to the meeting plan posted on the forum's Malaysian website, the summit is scheduled for November 11-12.

At the end of June, the government of New Zealand, which will take over the APEC presidency next year, announced that the 2021 summit would take place in an online format.

The membership of APEC consists of 19 countries. The 12 founding States are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and the United States, as well as the PRC (joined in 1991), Mexico and Papua New Guinea (1993), Chile (1994), Russia, Vietnam and Peru (1998). In 1991, two Chinese territories, Hong Kong and Taiwan, also joined APEC. Taking into account the specifics of the composition of the Association, which includes not only States but also territories, APEC participants are usually referred to by the term "economy."

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