In a bid to focus on the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic effects in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will chair an informal meeting of leaders from countries in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group this week
The meeting will reportedly take place on Friday. "This is the first time in APEC's history that leaders have held an extraordinary meeting at leaders' level, and it reflects our desire to navigate together out of the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis," said Ardern.
"Responding collectively is vital to accelerate the economic recovery for the region. Our region has already responded in significant ways, including removing barriers to the efficient distribution of vaccines and related goods, but there is still a lot of work to do to get through the crisis’ She said. "Leaders will share information so we can continue to build on our collective understanding of the region's health response to Covid-19, and shape a collaborative economic response” Ardern added.
"Containing Covid-19 through rapid, safe, and effective vaccination; micro- and macroeconomic policy settings to sustain businesses and workers; and building more resilient, inclusive and sustainable economies will all be on the agenda," explained Ardern.