PM 'ready' to host Apec

PM 'ready' to host Apec

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced his readiness to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum this November, which will be held under the theme "Open, Connect, Balance".

Gen Prayut said at a news conference on Thursday that as the host of this year's forum, Thailand will be prioritising inclusive and sustainable post-pandemic recovery.

Next week, Thailand and other Apec members will hold their first meeting, which will determine this year's agenda and review the implementation of the previously agreed Aotearoa Plan of Action. The plan will guide Apec's actions for the next 20 years.

The premier said in order to achieve Apec's goals, continuous cooperation and meaningful efforts are needed -- stressing the need for the United States and Peru, which will host the forum in 2023 and 2024, respectively, to continue Thailand's efforts.

"Together, the forum will achieve an open, dynamic, resilient, and peaceful Asia-Pacific community for their people and future generations," the PM said.

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