19 November 2022
Thai Prime Minster Prayuth Chan-ocha closed the 2022 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference on Saturday by confirming his country would pursue the goals of openness, connection and balance.
He was joined by US Vice President Kamala Harris at a handover ceremony, where Harris was presented with an ornate gift.Leaders from around the Asia-Pacific pledged to steer the region's economies toward sustainable growth as they wrapped up summit meetings.
The declaration issued by APEC leaders said the forumis devoted largely to promoting trade and closer economic ties.Much of APEC's work is technical and incremental, carried out by senior officials and ministers, covering areas such as trade, forestry, health, food, security, small- and medium-size enterprises and women's empowerment.Other APEC members include Brunei, Chile, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.
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