The state of the world in this second year of the global COVID-19 pandemic will be the focus of Ardern’s address to open the APEC CEO Summit 2021, according to a written statement issued by APEC New Zealand and received here on Monday.
The prime minister will deliver a speech as part of the opening "State of the World" session that will focus on the state of the world with and after COVID, including economic recovery, trade, and protectionism.
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"The CEO Summit is a vital part of New Zealand’s hosting of APEC, as it brings together business leaders from a variety of sectors, thought leaders from various disciplines, and political leaders from across APEC to examine in detail the issues we all must navigate in the coming years as the world rebuilds from the disruption of COVID-19. I look forward to being part of this important conversation," Ardern noted.
As leader of the Host Economy for APEC 2021, Prime Minister Ardern has focused not only on the response to COVID-19 domestically but also through the dialogue within APEC on a collaborative regional response to the economic impact of COVID-19.
The New Zealand prime minister is the first APEC leader to be confirmed as a speaker at the CEO Summit that will also feature keynote addresses from Amal Clooney, Helen Clark, Richard Edelman, Professor Jonathan Haidt, Dr David Suzuki, Amber Mac, and Tony Fernandes.
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This year’s APEC CEO Summit is a virtual gathering of the world’s most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, prime ministers, and presidents of APEC economies.
Delegates will attend the summit online as it is hosted using an immersive stage and the latest digital technologies and broadcast from the Aotea Centre in central Auckland on November 11-12, 2021 (New Zealand Time).
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