Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 APEC Third Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM3) Held in Beijing

On 20-21 August, 2014 APEC Third Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM3) was held in Beijing. As the last plenary gathering of Senior Officials before this year's Leaders' Week, its main objective is to make comprehensive preparation for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM) in November. During the two-day meeting, Senior Officials from 21 APEC member economies held in-depth discussions centered around the theme "Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership" and the three priority areas, including regional economic integration, innovative development, economic reform and growth, and comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development. The discussions allowed APEC members to build more consensus and implement cooperation initiatives, making sound preparations for the outcomes of the Leaders' Meeting.
State Councilor H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi, Chairman of the APEC China 2014 Organizing Committee, addressed the opening of the meeting. Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, 2014 APEC SOM Chair, presided the meeting. Assistant Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen attended the meeting. Meeting participants also include delegates from 21 APEC member economies, APEC Secretariat, ABAC, and APEC observers.