Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting, and the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) on November 12-13 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“Canada’s growing commercial ties with the Asia-Pacific region are generating jobs and economic growth here at home,” said Prime Minister Harper. “APEC’s efforts to further liberalize trade and investment benefit all 21 member economies – including Canada’s – and contribute to strengthening the global economy.”
APEC’s 21 member economies account for more than 2.7 billion people, over half of the world’s gross domestic product, and 80 percent of Canada’s total merchandise trade. The APEC Leaders’ Meeting will provide an opportunity for discussions in three priority areas: regional economic integration, green growth and energy issues, and regional cooperation and convergence.
Following the APEC meeting, Prime Minister Harper will join U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón for the sixth North American Leaders’ Summit, also taking place in Hawaii.
“Many of today’s global challenges require a strong and united North American response,” said Prime Minister Harper. “I look forward to working with presidents Obama and Calderón on strengthening our collective economic competitiveness and security for the greater good of citizens in all three countries.”
This meeting, which has occurred regularly since 2005, builds upon the successful and ongoing collaboration between the three countries. The leaders will focus on three main themes: North American competitiveness, citizen security and the Americas.