INFOGRAPHIC: A preview of the 21 APEC member economies
MANILA, Philippines – Leaders of the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gather in Manila for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on November 18 and 19.
Established in 1989, APEC was formed in response to the rising interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional trade blocs elsewhere in the world. The annual APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting is attended by the heads of government of all APEC members except Taiwan (which is represented by a ministerial-level official under the name Chinese Taipei as economic leader).
The location of the meeting rotates annually among the member economies. For this year, the event is the culmination of various APEC meetings hosted by the Philippines throughout 2015.
As an official guest of the Philippine government, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, along with a delegation, is attending the meetings as an observer. Colombia has been mulling full membership in APEC.
Click on the map to view relevant information about each of the APEC member economies and their trade relations with the Philippines (economic data from the World Bank unless stated otherwise).*
– Chrisee Dela Paz and Chris Schnabel for text/Mara Mercado for maps/Rappler.com
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