LEGAZPI CITY, 13Aug2013 (PNA) – Albay has been chosen to host the first major activity of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in December 2014.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said the event, the Informal Senior Ministerial Meetings, the second or third largest event of the entire Summit, will be held at the world-class Misibis Bay Resort hideaway Pacific island in Bacacay, Albay.
The luxury Misibis Bay Resort is the setting of a new TV series bearing the same title. It directly faces the Pacific Ocean.
Albay’s bid last May to host the APEC Leaders Summit – slated in the Philippines in 2015 — won at least 10 of the events. The summit has nine main conferences and 54 subsidiary meetings over a one-year period starting December 2014.
Salceda said the first informal ministerial meeting is scheduled December 4-5 and will be attended by some 300 ranking official of the APEC member countries, including ministers and their deputies. Representatives of world media will cover the event. The back up sites for the event are Boracay and Bacolod City.
“If ranked in size and importance, it would be 2nd or 3rd largest event of the APEC,” posted Salceda in his Facebook account, The decision to hold the APEC Informal Senior Ministerial Conference in Albay was made recently by the Summit organizing committee.
“God is good. God loves Albayanos,” the governor said, adding the APEC hosting may pave the way to fast track construction of major infrastructure projects in Albay, among them the Southern Luzon International Airport in Alobo, Daraga town.
The summit is also expected to perk up tourism and the economy, and again spotlight Albay’s tourism assets. Guests and advanced parties from APEC states are expected to visit Albay shortly for familiarization tours.
APEC is a forum of 21 member-economies including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, US and Vietnam. The Philippines first hosted the APEC summit in 1996.
Albay’s world-class tourism assets that APEC guests and tourists may find ravishing include iconic Cagsawa Ruins and Mayon Volcano, the luxury Misibis Bay Resort Hotel and the Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City, among others.
Salceda said APEC member countries and those negotiating a post-2012 climate change agreement may also find the Summit as a practical platform for dialogue leading to public and private sector investment ventures.(PNA)