Friday, November 20, 2015

12 APEC 2015 Firsts

Here are 12 things that happened for the FIRST time during the APEC 2015 week.
  1. Makati City in Metro Manila hosted the FIRST APEC 2015 meeting, the Informal Senior Officials' Meeting (ISOM), from 8 to 9 December 2014.
  2. FIRST time that the issue on "inclusiveness" that aims to empower and globalize the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by involving them in the supply chain and value chains of many big businesses will be highlighted during the APEC CEO Summit.
  3. FIRST time that a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Framework will be adopted by APEC as introduced by the Philippines at the Sept. 22, 2015 conference in Iloilo City during the (APEC) Senior Disaster Management Officials' Forum (SDMOF) and aims to develop climate-resilient and sustainable communities.
  4. FIRST time that a woman in the person of Doris Magsaysay-Ho, chief executive of the Magsaysay Group of Companies, heads not only the Philippine ABAC, but the APEC-wide ABAC. ABAC is the "private sector body that presents recommendations to APEC leaders in an annual dialogue and advises APEC officials on business sector priorities and concerns.
  5. FIRST time that women issues was pushed with the holding of the APEC women and Economy 2015 Fora last 15 to 18 September 2015 with the them "Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Growth."
  6. FIRST time that eight (8) full Senior Ministers meetings and Forums were held this year on a host of topics and issues from energy, trade, finance, transportation, education, small business, and infrastructure.
  7. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet became the FIRST head state to arrive in Manila to attend the APEC 2015 Forum. It was also her FIRST state visit to the Philippines.
  8. This will be the FIRST APEC meeting for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since their inaugurations on 15 September 2015 and 4 November 2015.
  9. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to the Philippines was the FIRST by a Chinese foreign minister since 2009, and President Xi Jinping's trip to Manila will mark his FIRST time in the country since assuming office. 
  10. FIRST time that four Latin American economies are attending a multilateral forum at which 21 countries - including the United States, China and Japan - are participating. Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile - the four members of the Pacific Alliance trade bloc are taking advantage of their presence at the gathering in Manila to strengthen their position in the region.
  11. FIRST time that a head of state, US President Barack Obama, became APEC's funny moderator-in-chief during the APEC CEO Forum who opted to moderate a panel instead of a long speech last 18 November, 2015 with Jack Ma of e-commerce giant Alibaba and Filipino Engineer Aisa Mijeno, CEO of SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) who also teaches computer science in DLSU Lipa City, Batangas and FIRST time that a Filipina inventor was invited by the White House to join a short discussion regarding climate change and renewable energy. 
  12. FIRST time that two women gave birth due to heavy traffic caused by the closure of several roads. First incident happened last 16 November 2015 around 11:30AM on the sidewalk of Belle Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard in ParaƱaque while the second birth incident happened today, 20 November 2015, at a bus terminal along Coastal Mall Terminal Road, ParaƱaque about 8:00AM.


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