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20th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting

President Benigno S. Aquino III said he hopes for a fruitful outcome of his trip to Vladivostok, Russia as he joins other world leaders in the 20th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

In his pre-departure statement at the Ninoy Aquino Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City on Friday, President Aquino said he would seize the opportunity to invite more investors to come to the Philippines as the reforms he had initiated started to take root, making the country more conducive to business.

“Masigasig nating ilalatag sa APEC ang mga oportunidad sa Pilipinas, nang lalo pa silang mahikayat na magnegosyo sa atin pong bansa. Bawat kapital na naipapasok nila sa ating bayan ay dagdag na pundasyon para sa mas matibay na kinabukasan ng ating mamamayan,” the President said.

“Makakaasa kayong sa ating pakikiisa sa APEC Economic Leaders Meeting sa Russia, ilalaan natin ang ating bawat minuto para ilapit sa katuparan ang ating mga pambansang pangarap. Hindi po magbabago ang ating panata: sa bawat paglalakbay natin, walang ibang nagtitimon kundi ang makapagdala ng mabuting balita sa ating pagbalik sa bansa,” he said.

The President said he would join the APEC Business Advisory Council to talk trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region for the benefit of the country.

Aside from forging stronger economic tie-ups with other APEC-member countries, the Chief Executive also highlighted the importance of joining world events such as the APEC meeting, saying it would be a perfect venue to discuss current global issues affecting the international community of nations.

“Mahalagang makibahagi sa ganitong pagtitipon dahil mulat tayong walang isang bansa sa mundo — gaano man kadambuhala, o kaliit sa mapa — ang kakayaning umusad nang mag-isa. Namumuhay tayo sa isang daigdig na dapat lamang pagsaluhan ng lahat ng mga bansa. Habang tinutugunan ng bawat nasyon ang kani-kanilang hamon at pangangailangan, ang katuparan ng pandaigdigang kaunlaran ay posible lamang kung sabay at nagkakaisa ang lahat sa pagsagwan,” President Aquino said.

Present during the send-off ceremonies were government officials led by Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Franklin Drilon, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa and Philippine National Police chief Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome.

Also present were members of the cabinet that included Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Higher Education Secretary Patricia Licuanan, Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma Jr., among others.

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