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November 30, 2000

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SEPTEMBER 3, 1999 VOL. 25 NO. 35

S P E C I A L    R E P O R T:    A P E C

Agenda for Auckland
What's on the menu for this year's meeting



UNUSUALLY, THIS APEC MEETING is taking place in September. The America's Cup yacht trials in Auckland begin in October, and New Zealand is likely to go to the polls in mid-November, the usual date for APEC summits. This hasn't left much time for the host country to prepare, but Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, who is said to be anxious for a successful gathering to boost her political fortunes, promises a full agenda. What to expect at this year's meeting:

THE CRISIS Or rather the recovery. Leaders will likely welcome the rebound, but issue warnings about the need to continue reforms and to push ahead with trade and investment liberalization and shun protectionism.

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TRADE Expect leaders to broadly outline an APEC agenda to push at the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in Seattle in late November, when plans for a new millennium round of negotiations are to be hammered out. This may include calls for early liberalization of key sectors, including further moves on telecommunications and financial services, as well as agriculture, air services, and e-commerce. Japan and the U.S. are likely to continue their long-running battle of wills over fish, timber products and agriculture. The issue of U.S. tariffs on New Zealand lamb may also surface.

BUSINESS The APEC Business Advisory Council is to hold its annual dialogue with leaders. They are calling for swifter liberalization, more help for small and medium-sized enterprises hit by the Crisis, a major revamp of APEC's economic and technological cooperation agenda, and sharper focus on food systems, e-commerce and air services.

DIPLOMACY America's Bill Clinton and Jiang Zemin of China may repair ties strained by the bombing in May of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, paving the way for a breakthrough in China's WTO membership. The two leaders may also talk about Taiwan. Watch Jiang cold-shoulder Taiwan official Chiang Pin-kung. Clinton and Vietnamese PM Phan Van Khai may sign a landmark trade deal. The U.S., Japan and South Korea will hold a mini-summit to discuss the North Korean missile threat.

DEBUTS New Zealand's Shipley, the first woman leader to participate in an APEC summit, plays host. (Next year's chairman is the Sultan of Brunei.) Russian Premier Vladimir Putin makes his international debut (Boris Yeltsin has never attended an APEC summit), along with Papua New Guinea PM Sir Mekere Morauta. Bidding farewell: Mexico's Ernesto Zedillo and Chile's Eduardo Frei. Possibly on their last summit: Peru's Alberto Fujimori (rumor is that he may not even come to Auckland), Indonesia's B.J. Habibie, and Shipley, if she loses the election.

DRESS CODE After the batiks of 1998, how about merino wool jackets trimmed with possum fur?


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