Media Registration Opens for 2020 APEC Virtual Trade Ministers’ Meeting on COVID-19

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13 July 2020
  • Issued by the APEC Secretariat

Media registration is now open for the 2020 APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting (MRT), which will be held virtually on 25 July 2020. The meeting will be chaired by Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

The mass spread of COVID-19 has disrupted global value chains, the tourism and services sectors and is causing a deeper contraction to the region’s economy. The APEC Policy Support Unit estimates that the region’s economic growth will decline to -3.7 percent in 2020, bringing the total output loss to a staggering USD 2.9 trillion.

When APEC Trade Ministers meet virtually later this month, they will consider collective responses to these concerns and work towards measures that will ensure inclusive policy instruments are in place to fast-track a regional recovery, as stated in the joint trade ministers’ statement on COVID-19.

Ministers will also review APEC’s progress towards its goal to reach free and open trade and investment by 2020, and will consider a new vision for APEC beyond 2020 that will lead the forum’s work for the next decades.

Preceding the Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting will be the Second Virtual Extraordinary APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (VESOM) on 24 July, as well as a cluster of trade and sectoral officials’ meetings including a virtual meeting on emergency preparedness on 21 July.

A joint virtual ministerial news conference will be held after the conclusion of the MRT meeting and will be led by the 2020 Chair of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali of Malaysia.

Registered media will be provided with the video of the opening remarks by the 2020 Chair of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, prior to the joint virtual ministerial news conference.

When: 25 July 2020

Where: Virtual news conference

Deadline for media registration: 20 July 2020

Platform: GoToMeeting

Registration link:

Registration procedures: 

All media representatives wishing to cover the joint virtual news conference of the 2020 APEC Virtual Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting on COVID-19 can register via an online form. Please provide the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Position
  3. ID/passport number
  4. Email
  5. Mobile phone number
  6. Name of media organization

Registered media representatives will be given a connection link two hours before the news conference starts through email. Questions can be directed through the chat function in the platform.

Media events: 


Media event

25 July 2020 13:30 – 14:00

Joint APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Virtual News Conference chaired by Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali

Questions pertaining to media registration and coverage arrangements may be directed to  
[email protected] or [email protected]. Please use the email subject: “VMRT media registration.”

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For further information, or to arrange possible media interviews with APEC officials, please contact: 

Zuhaila Sedek +60 17-601 9217 at [email protected]
Masyitha Baziad +65 9751 2146 at [email protected]

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