Monday, November 16, 2009

APEC 2009 Stamps

Over the weekend, Singapore played host to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, where Leaders of APEC's 21 member economies met to address the economic crisis and key global issues.

To commemorate this special event, Singpost issued a set of 4 stamps entitled "APEC 2009 Meetings" on 9th November 2009.

About APEC

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.

Some APEC 2009 photos

A line of APEC banners outside the Suntec Convention Centre

Air Force One with U.S. President Barack Obama on board arrived at Singapore's Paya Lebar military airbase for the APEC Summit in Singapore

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong before the APEC Gala dinner

(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

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd talk as they arrive at an evening reception for the APEC Leaders Summit

China's Hu Jintao shakes hands with Lien Fang Yu, wife of Taiwan's former Vice-President Lien Chen (R)

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

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama left, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak share a joke on their arrival at the 'Singapore Evening' at the APEC Summit

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

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the APEC Leaders Summit at the Istana

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee (R) welcomes China's President Hu for the APEC Leaders Summit at the Istana

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) welcomes Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak for the APEC Leaders Summit at the Istana

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama for the APEC Leaders Summit at the Istana

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) welcomes Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the APEC Leaders Summit at the Istana

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (L) speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the APEC 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

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