Senior Officials` Meeting

APEC delegates closed their Senior Officials` Meeting here on Thursday after they agreed to establish a connectivity framework for regional economic, trade and investment cooperation.

The Chairman of the APEC SOM 2013 Yuri Thamrin said here on Thursday that during the two week meeting, the APEC delegates discussed economic, trade, investment and other related issues.

"We come out with two stand points – the establishment of a connectivity framework and a draft leaders` declaration on investment," he said.

The framework will address not only trade and investment sectors, but also people-to-people connectivity as the subject of economy.

According to Thamrin, who also director general of Asia, Pacific and Africa affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the APEC SOM elaborated in the framework nine proposals which will be followed up in the next SOMs in Surabaya, East Java and in Medan, North Sumatra.

Those nine proposals concerned infrastructure development, disaster resilience, mainstreaming ocean issues, public and private policy dialogue, promoting cross-border education, enhancing SMEs and women entrepreneurship, health program, farmer empowerment, and deliverables to WTO forum.

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