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SOM 1 Reception at Sunnylands

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Under the theme “Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All” the United States was proud to host the APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) in Palm Springs, California from February 14 to 28. More than 1,300 Senior Officials and delegates from APEC’s  21 member economies gathered in person to discuss substantive and cross-cutting issues for the Asia-Pacific region in more than 100 technical meetings, working groups, and workshops. Delegates also participated in site visits to gain an understanding of the breadth of work being done in the United States that aligns with this year’s APEC policy priorities of “interconnected, innovative, and inclusive.”

By fostering cooperation, delegates are taking a crucial step toward promoting economic prosperity, advancing innovation, and enabling sustainable and inclusive economic growth, making sure that all members of society can fully participate in the economy around the Asia-Pacific region.

Various stakeholders, including the private sector, played an important role in these meetings. U.S. officials participated in policy partnership discussions and met with a range of representatives from area businesses, indigenous-owned businesses, and the local government and community to collaborate on advancing an innovative and practical economic agenda that benefits workers, businesses, underserved communities, women, and families in the United States and across the region. 


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