Minister Natalegawa: Three Main Points for Achieving Asia-Pacific Economic Growth

Nusa Dua, APEC2013 – Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty M. Natalegawa said here Friday there are   three main points that must be pursued by the Asia-Pacific region should they want to gain a balanced equivalence and sustainable economic growth.

 

Minister Natalegawa made the statement during a plenary session of the 25th APEC Ministerial Meeting he and Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wiryawan co-chaired on Friday in Nusa Dua, Bali . 

 

"The three main points are achieving the Bogor Goals, ensuring inclusive economic growth with reference to equality and social welfare, and accelerating economic growth in Asia and the Pacific by constantly referring to the need for connectivity in the region," he said. 

 

The ministerial meeting’s plenary session was intended to provide foundation for the success of a leaders meeting of the 21 APEC economies taking place on October 7-8, 2013 in this resort zone north of the capital Denpasar. 

 

The ministerial plenary meeting was preceded by a number of high-level meetings in which officials discussed various APEC priority issues during the year 2013.

 

The senior officials meetings resulted in various rapid progresses in the process of discussing issues related to achieving the Bogor Goals. Those issues include supports on multilateral trade system, women affairs, small-medium enterprises, food and energy resilience, health, financial inclusive, infrastructure development and investment, border-crossing education, emergency response and travel facilities.   

 

“In addition to those progresses in the process of discussing the topics, the senior officials have managed to reach an agreement on the APEC framework on connectivity, a milestone to further enhance cooperation among the APEC member economies and regional integration,” Minister Natalegawa said.   

 

The plenary ministerial meeting will take place for two days consisting of some sessions. 

 

On Saturday October 5, 2013, the meeting will start with working breakfast before two separate panel sessions that will table the theme on APEC and the Evolving Regional Architecture and Roadmap to Bali MC9 (The 9th WTO Ministerial Conference) and APEC 2013 First Priority, Attaining the Bogor Goals.

 

The meeting will be followed by a plenary session under the theme on the sustainable growth with equity and improving connectivity in APEC 2013.

(Source: setkab and apec.or.id)