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APEC Economic Leaders’ Week: Media Registration Open

the APEC Secretariat Singapore | 04 November 2021



The APEC Ministerial Meeting media conference will now take place on Wednesday, 10 November at 10:15 (NZT) / 05:15 (SG). Full details can be found below in the updated 2021 APEC Economic Leaders' Week media guide.

Download the updated 2021 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week media guide

Preceding the APEC Ministerial Meeting, a media briefing on the regional economic outlook and APEC’s climate change challenges will be held on Monday, 8 November at 14:30 (SG) featuring Executive Director Dr Rebecca Sta Maria, APEC Policy Support Unit Director Dr Denis Hew and Analyst Emmanuel San Andres. Register your interest via this link. Dial-in details will be provided for registered attendees.

New Zealand’s APEC host year will culminate in a week-long series of virtual meetings and events from 5 to 12 November, including the second gathering of APEC Leaders in 2021 which will be chaired by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on 12 November.


APEC Economic Leaders’ Week will bring together the leaders, ministers and senior officials of the 21 APEC member economies, which account for half of global trade and 60 percent of world GDP.

Under the theme, “Join, Work, Grow. Together,” the focus will be on concrete measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic through trade outcomes that support the movement of vaccines and related medical supplies, APEC’s long-term work on macroeconomic policy and structural reform as well as efforts to progress work on sustainability, inclusivity and digital connectivity.


APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, 12 November at 23:59 NZDT

Chaired by the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, leaders will build on the significant work undertaken during APEC 2021 to agree on a joint declaration that further delivers on the year’s policy priorities.

Leaders are also expected to endorse an implementation plan for the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, which will guide the forum’s work for the next 20 years. The plan is APEC’s most important deliverable for the year, and a core focus for New Zealand as host.

ABAC/Leaders Dialogue, 12 November at 01:00 NZDT

This will be an opportunity for the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) to discuss priority issues for business with the region’s leaders. This connection with business across the Asia-Pacific has been a major strength of APEC’s work this year.

APEC CEO Summit, 11–12 November at 08:00–18:45 NZDT

The CEO Summit is the Asia-Pacific’s premier dialogue for business and government leaders to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time. The themes for the 2021 summit are the state of the world, the digital disruption opportunity, the primacy of trust, the future of energy and the sustainability imperative.

Voices of the Future, 9–10 November at 15:00 NZDT

Young people from around the APEC region will join together to craft a declaration for APEC leaders that lays out their vision for the future. The summit will feature keynote speakers and panels discussing the declaration’s four themes—international cooperation to combat COVID-19, a future for all, a digital future and a greener future.

APEC Ministerial Meeting, 89 November at 23:59 NZDT

The meeting will be cochaired by New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor and New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta. Ministers will be looking to build on commitments made at the Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting in June, including speeding up the flow of vaccines and other essential goods, digital trade facilitation and reducing fossil fuel subsidies. Cross-border travel will also be on the agenda.

Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting, 5 November at 23:59 NZDT

APEC senior officials will meet for the fourth and final time this year to progress policy discussions and lay the groundwork for the APEC Ministers’ and Leaders’ meetings. The meeting will be chaired by Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary for Trade and Economic Affairs of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who also serves as the 2021 Chair of APEC Senior Officials.







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APEC Leaders’ Week Media Briefing

5 Nov


5 Nov


4 Nov


Virtual briefing to assist media with planning, covering all aspects of Leaders’ Weekfrom policy updates to media opportunities and logistics.


Voices of the Future


(Youth Declaration handover)

9-10 Nov



10 Nov


9-10 Nov



10 Nov


8-9 Nov



9 Nov


Two-day youth summit, which will close with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receiving the summit’s Youth Declaration.

APEC Ministerial Meeting Media Conference

(new timing)

10 Nov


10 Nov


9 Nov


New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor will take media questions after APEC’s trade and foreign affairs ministers meet.




11–12 Nov


11–12 Nov


10–11 Nov


Two-day summit where world leaders, thought leaders and business leaders engage on the most important issues of our times. The programme will be broadcast across three time zones.


APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting media conference

13 Nov


12 Nov


12 Nov


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will take media questions after APEC leaders meet.

A comprehensive media guide has been updated containing all the information media will need to plan their coverage of the Leaders’ Week, including registration details for key media events.

Download the 2021 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week media guide

APEC Regional Trends Analysis media conference


(Register here)

8 Nov


8 Nov


8 Nov


Dr Rebecca Sta Maria will brief media on APEC Economic Leaders’ Week – what’s happening and what to expect on the upcoming meetings. Dr Denis Hew will discuss the regional economic outlook while Emmanuel San Andres will reveal the findings from the latest APEC Regional Trends Analysis on the region’s decarbonization journey and challenges.



For further details, please contact:

Cas Carter +64 21 341 509 at [email protected] (in New Zealand)
Sidah Russell +64 21 359 235 at [email protected] (in New Zealand)
Masyitha Baziad +65 9751 2146 at [email protected]
Michael Chapnick +65 9647 4847 at [email protected]

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