President Aquino arrives in Bali, Indonesia for 21st APEC Summit

BALI, Indonesia, (PNA) — President Benigno Aquino III arrived here on Sunday to attend the 21st Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation from October 6 to 8.

The President left Manila at 8 a.m. Sunday for Bali, Indonesia on board a chartered Philippine Airlines flight PR 001.

The Chief Executive was accompanied by a lean delegation that include Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, and Presidential Management Staff Chief Secretary Julia Abad.

The President and his delegation arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali around 11: 45 a.m.

In his first day here, the President is scheduled to attend the APEC CEO Summit at 2 p.m. where he will have conversation with other world leaders regarding the theme “Why Inclusive Growth Matters”.

He is also set to attend a dinner hosted by the APEC CEO Summit at 7 p.m. at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Secretary Ramon Carandang said the President is expected to share the reforms that the Aquino administration have undertaken during the last three years that “have borne a lot of fruit in terms of increased confidence in the Philippine economy and in the management of the economy.”

One of the main agenda of the President is likewise to lure more foreign investors to invest in the Philippines.

“He will be talking to people from the business community and will be having informal discussions also with a number of other world leaders,” Carandang said.