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What Will the Philippines Gain from Hosting APEC 2015?

November 12, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – The first time the Philippines hosted the Asia-Pacific leaders' summit in 1996, then-President Fidel Ramos vowed to help develop an action plan on facilitating free trade in the region.

As leaders from the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies gather in Manila for the second time after 19 years, they will visit an economy that is about 3 times larger and to be hosted by a leader now seeking to spread the region’s prosperity to microentrepreneurs and poor farmers.

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