MANILA, Nov 15 (Mabuhay) — President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. will depart for Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday to join other world leaders for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos.

The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier said the chief executive would focus on food security, energy security and climate change mitigation in his meeting with fellow leaders at the summit. 

This will be the first time the President will attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) on November 16-19 as Philippine head of state.

It will also be the first in-person meeting of the leaders of the APEC economies since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020.

In the summit, the President will join world leaders in various dialogues and will hold bilateral talks with other heads of state on the sidelines of the AELM.

President Marcos, who attended the 40th and 41st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits last week, considers both ASEAN and APEC as vital platforms in advancing the country’s interests and positions before world leaders.

“Iyon ang mga plano namin dahil sa sitwasyon ngayon sa mundo… hindi natin kaya, kahit sino’ng bansa — kahit Amerika eh, kahit Russia, kahit China, ‘yung mga malalaki — kahit sila, hindi nila kayang labanan at gawan ng paraan itong mga problemang hinaharap natin na nag-iisa,” President Marcos said in a speech before the Filipino community in Phnom Penh on Sunday. 

The APEC serves as the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum established in 1989 with the primary goal of supporting sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. 

APEC’s 21 member-economies are home to more than 2.9 billion people and make up over 60 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). 

APEC membership includes Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese-Taipei, Thailand and the United States of America.  (MNS)