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5 November 2009

Singapore expects 1,500 participants at Apec CEO Summit

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The Apec CEO Summit in Singapore next week will see a record number of 1,500 participants, underscoring the strategic importance of this year's meeting, city-states news portal Channel News Asia reported.

Taking centre stage will be world leaders such as US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Organisers of the Apec CEO Summit have launched an online discussion forum,, featuring opinion-editorial pieces by prominent personalities and leaders to stimulate public discussion on the summit agenda.

The organisers will also be distilling the proceedings for Apec leaders ahead of their meetings, in a bid to ensure views from every sector are presented to the highest level of government and business.

"There is an urgency for the business community and the governments to come up with sustainable and new business models. In order to do that, we need to engage the wider community from across the Asia Pacific and get their voices and have their say in terms of what is needed to rebuild the global economy," Chong Siak Ching, chair of organising committee, Apec CEO Summit, was quoted as saying.

Besides the online forum, organisers are also commissioning a survey, asking some 300 CEOs for their views on various economic issues. Details of this survey will be released next week.

Meanwhile, various broadcasters are busy preparing for the big event, getting the technical knots sorted out at Suntec Singapore.

Host broadcaster MediaCorp is building the International Broadcast Centre, which will encompass various television broadcasting aspects required by international TV stations.

Singapore's Channel NewsAsia is also one of the official media partners of the APEC CEO Summit. 


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