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Empowering MSMEs, ensuring food security will be part of Duterte’s APEC agenda
11:06:31 AM | Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Author: Genalyn Kabiling

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Empowering micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and ensuring food security will be part of President Duterte’s priority agenda in the upcoming regional summit in Papua New Guinea.

The President is scheduled to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economic leaders’ summit in Port Moresby on November 17 and 18.

Before joining the 20 Asia Pacific leaders for summit talks, Duterte will participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 13 to 15. Duterte, accompanied by several Cabinet members, is scheduled to depart for his two-nation trip Monday afternoon.

“As one of the best performing economies and the fastest growing region in the world, the Philippines has much to contribute as well as much to gain from a fruitful discussion with our neighbors, friends and allies in APEC,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella said during a Palace press briefing.

“The President conveys his support for mechanisms that will enable our MSMEs as they call it to take advantage of digital and online platforms to benefit their enterprises and to bring their products and services overseas,”

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