Jakarta (ANTARA) - APEC member economies are steering the region’s automotive industry and mobility development to a greener, safer, more sustainable, and resilient future of the sector through regulatory alignment and to accelerate uptake of new technology vehicles.

Officials and senior auto industry representatives from 21 APEC member economies will convene in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States on May 19-20, according to a release issued by the APEC Automotive Dialogue and received here on Monday.

Known also as the Motor City due to the long history of the American auto industry, the dialogue in Detroit will be co-hosted by the American Automotive Policy Council and the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

"We look forward to constructive discussions on the opportunities and challenges facing auto manufacturers, their supply chain partners and their workers, as we help shape the future of mobility at home and abroad," Matt Blunt, President of the American Automotive Policy Council, and the co-chair of this year’s APEC Automotive Dialogue, stated.

"In the traditional home of the US auto industry, APEC delegates will be exposed to some of the most innovative and groundbreaking research for electric vehicles and autonomous vehicle technology is being developed," Blunt remarked.

The dialogue will feature APEC members’ latest updates on automotive trade and policy developments.

It will also focus on the growth and development of electric vehicles and its battery supply chains, impacts of the transition to electric vehicles on suppliers and autoworkers, and how future mobility can benefit a wide variety of populations throughout the APEC region.

"A sustainable auto industry and a safe, green, smart, and reliable urban transportation will significantly impact our economies and communities in the region," Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat Rebecca Sta Maria remarked.

"We need to strengthen our efforts in transitioning to a low-emission auto industry and transportation future through close partnership between governments, academia, and the private sector," she remarked.

Preceding the Automotive Dialogue in Detroit, the United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg will host his counterparts for the 11th APEC Transportation Ministers’ Meeting on May 15-17.

The dialogue will also feature a tour of Mcity, the research test facility for connected and automated vehicles, located in the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The cutting-edge work being conducted at Mcity is supported by an innovative public-private partnership network that includes federal grants, direct funding from US-based automakers and suppliers, as well as support from numerous auto industry stakeholders around the globe.

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