Iloilo City has been identified to host two ministerial meetings of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015.
“The city has been chosen to host the meetings with conditions to meet the requirements. The city will be expecting a thousand delegates during these meetings,” said Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog.
“The event is a big boost for the city’s economy considering the number of visitors and some of them will be staying even after the meetings are over,” he stressed.
The city is already preparing the list of things to do as well as consulting with stakeholders, the mayor added.
“We are pleased to inform you that Iloilo City has been conditionally selected to host two APEC meetings – the transportation ministerial meeting on October 8-10 and food security with blue economy ministerial meeting on October 15-17,” APEC national organizing committee (NOC) chair Guillermo Luz informed Mabilog.
The NOC will visit Iloilo on Aug. 28 to meet local hosting committee and inspect the facilities.
Hosting the APEC meetings requires conference facilities and accommodations, security and emergency preparedness, airport infrastructure utilities, attraction and area of interests, organization and road infrastructure, among others.
The committee will monitor the preparation every six months until the conference proper on 2015.