Media registration is available for the first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting to be hosted by APEC 2015 Chair the Philippines in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, 100km outside Manila, on 6-7 February.

 

Background:

 

The First APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting, also known as SOM1, will be the marquee event opening the Philippines’ year as APEC 2015 Chair—the second time the archipelago will take on this role after a nearly 20-year interval.

 

Under the theme “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World” and led by Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura Q. Del Rosario, Chair of the 2015 APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting, Senior Officials from the 21 APEC economies will take actions to drive new growth sources in the Asia-Pacific and deliver the benefits to more of the region’s 3 billion people.

 

Issues in focus will range from the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), trade facilitation and implementation of the WTO Bali Package, and environmental goods and services liberalization, to boosting anti-corruption, counter-terrorism, disaster preparedness, human capital and SME development, infrastructure and oceans cooperation, among others.   

 

SOM1 will build on a cluster of related technical meetings to take place in Clark and nearby Subic over the preceding 11 days. In total, the meetings will include participation from some 1,700 delegates. Senior Officials will also consider recommendations to come out of the first APEC Business Advisory Council meeting of 2015 in Hong Kong, China on 27-30 January.

 

When: 6-7 February 2015

 

Where:

Fontana International Convention Center

C.M. Recto Highway,

Clark Freeport Zone, 2023 Pampanga

 

Deadline for media registration: Wednesday, 28 January 2015

 

Registration procedures:

 

All media representatives wishing to cover SOM1 should register online at http://reg.apec2015.ph/media. Information provided should be accurate and complete.

 

Identification badges will be issued to accredited media representatives.

 

Registration contact: mediaregistrationsom1@apec2015.ph  

 

Passport and visa requirements:

 

All foreign/visiting journalists are required to possess a valid passport with at least 6 month’s validity from time of travel and a temporary visitor’s visa. Upon receiving registration confirmation online, representatives can apply for a temporary visitor’s visa at their economy’s respective Philippine Embassy.

 

The following must be submitted upon application of a temporary visitor’s visa:

 

A. Passport

B. APEC Accreditation Confirmation Letter

C. Letter of Assignment 

 

Media events:

 

Introductory remarks during SOM1, the “family photo” of Senior Officials and a post-meeting news conference will be open to accredited journalists.

 

Doorstop interview and photo opportunities will be available in conjunction with the meeting.

 

Media Center location:

 

Mimosa Convention Center, Clark Freeport Zone

 

Note on media access:

 

All media representatives must be accredited and wear their identification badge to gain access to the meeting venue, facilities and specified events open to media.

 

Dress code: Smart casual

 

Media transportation:

 

Media representatives with their respective accreditation badge or printed APEC Accreditation Confirmation Letters may use a free shuttle service.

 

Queries pertaining to accreditation and coverage arrangements may be directed to: mediasupport@apec2015.ph

 

For more:

Packed with photos, synopses, data and planning information, the newly unveiled APEC Outcomes and Outlook 2014/2015 puts APEC’s agenda into greater context.

 

Details on APEC’s 2015 priority issues and actions to be taken forward during the SOM1 and Related Meetings period are described here.

 

The entire APEC SOM1 and Related Meetings schedule in Clark and Subic on 26 January-7 February can be viewed here.

 

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For further details, or to arrange possible media interviews with APEC officials, please contact:

David Hendrickson +65 9137 3886 at drh@apec.org

Michael Chapnick +65 9647 4847 at mc@apec.org