To commemorate this special event, Singpost issued a set of 4 stamps entitled "APEC 2009 Meetings" on 9th November 2009.
APEC is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.
It is the only inter governmental grouping in the world operating on the basis of non-binding commitments, open dialogue and equal respect for the views of all participants. Unlike the WTO or other multilateral trade bodies, APEC has no treaty obligations required of its participants. Decisions made within APEC are reached by consensus and commitments are undertaken on a voluntary basis.
Since its formation in 1989, APEC has grown to encompass 21 members spanning across the four continents and is representative of the most economically dynamic regions in the world, accounting for approximately 40 per cent of the world's population, half of world trade and more than half of world GDP.
The 21 APEC Member Economies are 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; The Republic of the Philippines; The Russian Federation; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States and Viet Nam.
A line of APEC banners outside the Suntec Convention Centre
(L-R): Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono , U.S. President Barack Obama, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and China's President Hu Jintao
APEC leaders from left, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Chile's Michelle Bachelet, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and and Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet wave during a group photo at the summit's Gala Dinner
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (2nd R) and his wife Ho Ching welcome Taiwan's former Vice-President Lien Chen (2nd L) and his wife Lien Fang Yu (L) at an evening reception for the APEC Leaders Summit
(L-R): Myanmar's Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and U.S. President Barack Obama, prepare to take their seats for a multilateral meeting with ASEAN-10 members
Security stand guard outside the Suntec Convention Centre