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APEC Ministerial Meeting kicks off in Lima

2008-11-19 14:38:52 GMT2008-11-19 22:38:52 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LIMA, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- The 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting started in the Peruvian capital on Wednesday, to make final preparations for the APEC Leaders' Meeting on the weekend.

The two-day ministerial meeting will discuss global economic issues, APEC's support for the WTO Doha Round negotiations and the APEC regional economic integration, Peruvian International Trade and Tourism Minister Mercedes Araoz said at the opening session.

Others topics to be discussed include corporate social responsibility, human security, APEC institutional reform, trade and investment deliverables, structural reform, anti-corruption and transparency, economic and technical cooperation, climate change and APEC food system, she said.

The ministers will also prepare documents for the leaders to sign during the Leaders' Meeting, she added.

A total of 3,600 delegates, including 19 leaders and 55 ministers, from the APEC's 21 member economies are expected to attend the APEC Leaders' Week, which began in Lima Sunday. During the Leaders's Meeting scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, APEC leaders would issue a special statement on the ongoing global financial crisis, Peruvian Deputy Foreign Minister Gonzalo Gutierrez said earlier this week.

The declaration would be a "complement" to the action plan adopted at the G-20 summit in Washington last week to overcome the financial crisis, Gutierrez said.

Established in 1989, APEC groups 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.

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