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APEC to empower women

ECONOMIC development and gender officials from member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), in cooperation with the private sector, launched in Manila on Wednesday the APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economic Policy Toolkit aimed at empowering women in the workplace and society.
The toolkit, which offers a user-friendly, one-stop menu of policy options, can be used to pilot, implement and scale up actions appropriate to local economic and social conditions.

APEC to address women’s health issues

WOMEN do not get the right diagnosis and treatment of diseases, compared to men, thus member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) must do more in addressing health issues concerning women to enable them to contribute to economic development, the head of a leading drug company has said.
“Health goes hand in hand with workforce participation and obviously, if women are not healthy, they are hindered from joining or remaining in the workforce,” Chief Executive Officer of Merck Healthcare, Belen Garijo, said during the launch of the policy toolkit for women, held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila Wednesday.

APEC moves vs natural disasters

THE Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has laid out a roadmap for the Cebu Action Plan (CAP), giving special emphasis on ensuring the 21 member economies can adapt to economic shock caused by financial crisis and natural disasters.
During the Senior Finance Ministers’ Meeting held Wednesday in Cebu City, Philippines, Philippine Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran and Peru’s Ministry of Finance and the Economy Director Fabier Roca Fabianis identified four pillars of the action plan: financial integration, fiscal reforms and transparency, financial resilience, and infrastructure development and financing.

APEC to match services with goods

MEMBER economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation want to level the trade in services with trade in goods as the economic bloc sees a disparity in trade in goods compared with the trade in services in recent years, APEC Secretariat Executive Director Alan Bollard said on Saturday.
“The APEC region is very advanced on trade in goods, but it’s actually not very advanced in trade in services,” Bollard said in a press conference at Bayfront Hotel in Cebu City.
“And that clearly is the big push for the future. So this year we’ve had a lot of discussions on that and that’s continuing in meetings now.”

APEC to benefit Filipino consumers

FILIPINO consumers can benefit from cheaper goods and services resulting from the implementation of trade-liberalizing and business-facilitating measures by member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
Spokesperson of the APEC, Assistant Secretary Charles Jose, said trade liberalization in the region, one of the main agenda of the APEC, is a policy decision usually involving the lowering of tariffs and non-tariff barriers.

APEC PH 2015 to media: Help us

TO raise public awareness about the country’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015, the event’s spokesperson Charles Jose on Thursday invited members of the media to visit , the official website of APEC Philippines 2015.
Jose, who is also the spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), said that among the materials available on the site is the APEC Primer, which provides background information on the history, organization, achievements, and goals of the APEC.
He said the primer, which is available in a variety of local languages, including Cebuano, is crucial for understanding the context of the APEC meetings.

PH province to gain from APEC

ASIA-PACIFIC Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 Spokesperson Charles Jose on Thursday asked Cebuanos for more patience as Cebu hosts the 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings.
Jose, who is also the spokesman of the Department of Foreign Affairs, said during a media briefing here that as delegates discuss ways to strengthen trade and promote inclusivity in the Asia-Pacific region, some issues have come to their attention.
“Regarding road closures and extended truck ban hours, we ask for the patience and understanding of all those affected,” he said in a statement.

APEC to push for free trade

THE Philippines is urging fellow member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to work towards harmonizing and simplifying the rules that determine what products can benefit from tariff, in a bid to increase the access of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to free trade agreements (FTAs) and regional trade agreements (RTAs).
At the opening of the APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Dialogue on FTAs and RTAs in Cebu City Wednesday, Department of Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Ceferino Rodolfo noted that significant steps have to be taken towards addressing the “spaghetti bowl” or “noodle bowl” effect caused by FTAs and RTAs.

Terrorism a major threat to APEC members

DELEGATES who attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting on counter-terrorism in Cebu City have recognized the threat posed by extremism to the region’s economic growth.
In his closing remarks delivered after the meeting on Wednesday, Chairman of the APEC Counter-Terrorism Working Group (CTWG), Acting Executive Director Oscar Valenzuela, noted that the topics of extremism and foreign terrorist fighters came up during the meeting.

PH to APEC members: Fight terrorism!

THE Philippines on Tuesday called on other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies to intensify their cooperation in the fight against terrorism to foster security and resilience of businesses and communities.
Acting Executive Director of the Philippine Anti-Terrorism Council-Program Management Center, Oscar Valenzuela, said the threats of terrorism persist in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in other countries.
“We live in a very complex world, one which is increasingly becoming more dangerous. Terrorism disrupts the normal and peaceful way of living of our people. It disrupts how we conduct our businesses, the way we travel,” he said during the opening of the sixth APEC Counter-Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) Meeting in Cebu City.