Taiwan's proposals included in APEC leaders' declaration

Taiwan's proposals included in APEC leaders' declaration Manila, Nov. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's five proposals and one action program were included in the Declaration of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting issued on Thursday at the close of the annual APEC summit in Manila. They five proposals were:"Improving Natural Disaster Resilience of APEC SMEs to Facilitate Trade and Investment," "APEC Emergency Preparedness Capacity Building Center, EPCC," "Energy Smart Communities Initiative - Knowledge Sharing Platform," "APEC Strengthening Public-Private Partnership to Reduce Food Losses in the Supply Chain," and "Innovation for Women and Economic Development." The action program proposed by Taiwan referred to "Voluntary Peer Review on Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidy." The Manila Declaration of APEC Leaders outlined new commitments for APEC members to take forward over the coming year to build inclusive economies; foster micro, small and medium enterprises' participation in regional and global markets; build sustainable and resilient communities; invest in human capital development; and enhance the regional economic integration agenda. Leaders also endorsed the Statement on Supporting the Multilateral Trading System and the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference. As a representative of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), former Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) attended the two-day meeting, in which he presented a series of proposals regarding the theme of the summit-- Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World: A Vision for an Asia-Pacific Community. Peru will chair APEC throughout 2016 and host the 24th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. (Courtesy of CNA)