Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Association will convene a meeting of disaster specialists in Bali May 2-3, 2005, in Bali to discuss strategies and means to better cope with earthquakes, SARs and other natural disasters.
According to the Korean Times, leading representative of the 21-member association have been called to Bali in order to prepare plans to better manage future disasters and the many negative economic effects they generate on the entire Asia-Pacific region.
The goal of the meeting is to come up with specific measures and protocols for member nations to put in place as part of their joint preparedness.
As a more urgent matter, the meeting is expected to also discuss how to prioritize responses to specific threats while waiting for an elaborated crisis response plan to be articulated.
APEC’s membership is drawn from nations on the Pacific-rim and includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, South Korea, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.
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