PM to attend APEC

Solomon Islands’ newly elected Prime Minister and MP for Small Malaita, Hon Rick Houenipwela. Photo by George Herming
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PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela will depart today to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders and Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Informal Dialogue in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The meeting is an opportunity for the APEC member economies within the region to look at ways to ease trade barriers amongst themselves and to ease trading capabilities within the region and with other APEC member countries.

The meeting is also an opportunity for Solomon Islands to reaffirm its relationship with other countries.

While in Port Moresby, the Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with other leaders.

APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific.

APEC’s 21 members aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.

Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will be acting Prime Minister in PM Hou’s absence.


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