APEC Singapore 2009

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APEC Singapore 2009
Map of APEC2007 countries

 Australia
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
 Brunei Darussalam
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
 Canada
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
 Chile
President Michele Bachelet
 People's Republic of China
President Hu Jintao
 Chinese Taipei
Lien Chan, Special Representative of President Ma Ying-jeou
 Hong Kong
Chief Executive Donald Tsang
 Indonesia
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
 Japan
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama
 Republic of Korea
President Lee Myung-bak
 Malaysia
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak
 Mexico
President Felipe Calderón
 New Zealand
Prime Minister John Key
 Papua New Guinea
Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare
 Peru
President Alan García
 Philippines
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
 Russia
President Dmitry Medvedev
 Singapore
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
 Thailand
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva
 United States
President Barack Obama
 Vietnam
President Nguyễn Minh Triết

Singapore hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings from February to November 2009. The APEC 2009 meetings culminated in the 17th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM), where Leaders of APEC's 21 member economies met from 14 to 15 November 2009.

Theme[edit]

The theme for 2009 is 'Sustaining Growth, Connecting the Region'. APEC Singapore 2009 will build on APEC’s work to date in promoting economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment across the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, given today’s challenging global economic environment, APEC Singapore 2009 is also focused on overcoming the economic crisis and positioning member economies for a sustainable recovery in the post-crisis world. The main areas for discussion during the year are: Positioning for Economic Recovery; Supporting Multilateral Trading Systems; and Accelerating Regional Economic Integration.[1]

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The APEC Singapore 2009 logo depicts the 21 APEC economies coming together to convene at a single point, working towards unity, cooperation and synergy among member economies to advance common interests. The Spark is made up of 21 strokes representing the 21 member economies. It signifies the dynamism within the APEC community, and a catalyst that inspires new ideas and initiatives to further the vision of APEC.[2]

Entertainment[edit]

The APEC Singapore 2009 is also used as a platform for Singapore's local talent to show off their creativity to world leaders during the performance, “Singapore Evening at The Esplanade”, in the evening on November 14, 2009 outside the Esplanade, Singapore. Themed “Our World, One World”, Singapore Evening at The Esplanade features a concert enhanced with multimedia projections, directed by Dick Lee, a Cultural Medallion Award winner.

It featured a unique dining concept set against Singapore’s iconic architecture and waterfront landscape, a wide variety of food are presented representing the different cultures of Singapore as it included the unique dishes from the three main races of Singapore: Chinese, Malay and Indian. The concert featured a total of 376 local artistes in a 30-minute musical extravaganza as well as in the interactive cultural pavilions and performances along the Waterfront.

The highlights of the night are the performance of the theme song by popular local artiste Kit Chan, written by Dick Lee, and a cover of popular songs such as Heal the World by the first Singapore Idol winner, Taufik Batisah.[3]

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Preceded by
APEC Peru 2008
APEC meetings
2009
Succeeded by
APEC Japan 2010