President arrives in Honolulu

Honolulu (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his entourage arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, in the US on Saturday morning to attend the 19th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

The special Garuda Indonesia Airbus A330-300 plane carrying the Indonesian leader landed at 6.45am local time or 11.45am West Indonesia Time on Saturday.

President Yudhoyono was scheduled to directly head to the meeting which opened on Saturday to deliver a speech on energy at the conference`s main session.

President Yudhoyono was scheduled to speak after Chinese President Hu Jintao and US President Barack Obama.

President Yudhoyono, accompanied by First Lady Any Yudhoyono, will be in Honolulu until November 14 along with other heads of state/government from 21 APEC member countries.

Under the US chairmanship, APEC was meeting under the theme "21 Economics for the 21st Century" and with three priority agendas, namely strengthening regional economic integrity, increasing trade and campaigning for environment-based green economic growth and increasing the convergence of regulations in the economic cooperation.

The meeting was also scheduled to discuss current issues such as economic growth and job creation, reform of regulations and efficiency as well as energy resilience.

Presidential special staff for international relations Teuku Feizasyah said Indonesia`s presence at the summit was to ensure the implementation of the Bogor Goals formulated at the APEC Summit in 1994.

The Bogor Goals call for Asia Pacific regional stability and prosperity through free and open trade and investment flows.

Besides attending the APEC Summit, President Yudhoyono is also scheduled to have separate meetings with the prime ministers of Japan, Singapore and Canada as well as noted businessmen from the Asia Pacific under the coordination of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

While in Honolulu, the President would also hold a breakfast meeting with US and Indonesian businessmen to boost business cooperation between the two countries.

President Yudhoyono is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. (*)