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8 November 2009

Singapore ready to play hosts to Apec meet

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Singapore has begun to receive delegates attending the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit arriving in Singapore, reported the Channel News Asia.

The city-state’s Changi Airport started preparing for the APEC delegates months ago, with arrival halls decked out with various signages and banners. Singapore, expecting more than 10,000 delegates, has tightened security and planned to ensure smooth traffic at transit areas and immigration counters.

"We have dedicated 12 immigration lanes, as well as the deployment of more than 450 volunteers throughout the airport, to provide the necessary assistance to the Apec delegates. These volunteers have been stationed strategically at locations such as gate hold rooms, immigration counters, as well as the baggage claim belts," Julia Jemangin, manager of corporate communications at Changi Airport Group, was quoted as saying.

In a related story, the Associated Press reported that US President Barack Obama will meet leaders of Southeast Asian nations, including Myanmar.

The meeting between Obama and leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations on November 15 will take place on the sidelines of an annual summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Singapore, according to US Ambassador for Asean Affairs Scot Marciel.

Myanmar's prime minister, Thein Sein, will attend the meeting, which marks the 32nd anniversary of Washington's relations with Asean, senior Myanmar diplomat Min Lwin was quoted as telling the Associated Press in Manila.


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