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19 February 2012

First Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM1)

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As part of Russia's APEC chairmanship, more than 20 APEC working groups held meetings in Moscow and Yaroslavl from January 30 to February 19. Participants in the meetings discussed pressing issues having to do with the forum, including regional economic integration, healthcare, food security, and the battle against corruption and terrorism.

They spoke about the need to bring the regulation systems close together, to attract investment, and to implement new APEC strategy on structural reforms in the context of liberalization of trade and investment, and regional economic integration.

While discussing food security, participants in the meetings focused particular attention on price fluctuations on the food market, the monitoring of food supply and demand, the effectiveness of food supplies, information exchange between economies, providing help to the socially disadvantaged strata in obtaining access to food, and control of food quality and security.

In discussing the need to establish reliable transportation and logistics chains, Senior Officials reviewed initiatives on diversifying supplies and monitoring the movement of cargo through the supply chain, preparedness for emergencies, and reliability and security of food supplies.

Speaking about the need to ensure intensive cooperation for the sake of growth in innovation, participants in the meetings set forth proposals on forming a cross-boarder educational space, technological platforms in APEC, and ways of promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The forum concluded with a two-day meeting of Senior Officials under the chairmanship of Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.

"The meeting was a success," said Gennady Ovechko, Russia's APEC Senior Official. "It focused on specific initiatives that we intend to submit for endorsement by our Ministers and the Leaders of the APEC economies during the forum in Vladivostok in September."

He noted that implementation of the Russian proposals will play a major role in promoting APEC regional economic integration, enhancing food security, developing transportation, and facilitating innovation processes in the APEC economies.

 

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«Proxy Centre» specialists (Host Economy Liaison Officers) provided close support for senior APEC participants, including meet-and-greet service, accompanying them to the designated hotels, informational support, and advice on the agenda.


Besides providing transportation services to more than 60 foreign guests (personal vehicles and drivers), other key features of that event included transport for the Welcome Reception at the Ritz Carlton hotel, visits to Consulates General and excursions around Moscow, using 28 tourist buses (Man Lions Coach, Neoplan 1216 Cityliner).