LIMA, Peru — Transport Minister David Collenette is currently soaking up South American hospitality at the third Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) transport ministers’ meeting here.
“Transport Canada has been a leader in the APEC community since its establishment in 1989,” says Collenette in justifying the trip. “I’m pleased to be attending this meeting, as it will offer the opportunity to further Canada’s and APEC’s mutual transportation goals.”
The theme of this year’s ministers’ meeting, “Pathways to Prosperity,” addresses the key role transportation plays in facilitating trade and contributing to sustainable development and prosperity in the APEC region.
Transport ministers from APEC member economies are discussing topics such as trade liberalization, the effects of e-commerce on transportation, as well as natural disasters and transportation infrastructure. In the wake of the events of Sept. 11, ministers will also focus on issues related to transportation safety and security.
APEC was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence among Asia-Pacific economies. Its goal is to achieve free and open trade and investment among its 21 member economies.
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