The United States will host the eighth Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR) Conference on September 15-16, as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in San Francisco, California.
The conference takes place soon after the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, which have had a profound long-term impact on how international trade and travel are conducted, most visibly demonstrated in the security measures introduced for cargo and passenger aviation. Those attacks, along with other recent disasters such as the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, underscore the importance of ensuring the resilience of regional commerce against major disruptions.
The STAR Conference process defines best practices for protecting trade and travel in the Asia-Pacific region without compromising legitimate economic activity. The Conference provides a unique platform to foster a comprehensive, integrated approach to ensuring the security, efficiency, and resilience of regional commerce, by bringing together a broad range of government officials from across the Asia-Pacific region – including those responsible for transportation security, counter-terrorism, customs, immigration, and border protection – as well as relevant international organizations. The Conference will also foster cooperation between the public and private sectors, which is necessary to address threats to international trade and travel.
The keynote address will be delivered by Mariko Silver, Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security.
Photos of the conference will be available at http://www.am2011.net/press/index.php.