As APEC Leaders concluded their meeting in Bali on October 8th, a central theme emerged under the tile: “Resilient Asia-Pacific, engine of global growth.”
Throughout the APEC meeting and the accompanying APEC CEO Summit, much of the discussion was focused on economic growth, trade, and the promise of anticipated agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in pledging to end trade barriers. Citing companies like Google and Apple as examples of how the U.S. fosters innovation, Kerry called upon the business sector to “push governments forward.” Similarly, Xi spoke of “innovation-driven development” and Beijing’s commitment to providing “infrastructure assistance to developing countries in the region” through the establishment of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
During the Summit, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key chaired a meeting of leaders from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries, after which he said there is “momentum” to try to conclude an agreement by the end of 2013.
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