Media Advisory: U.S. State Department, City and County of San Francisco and Bay Area Council to Host Briefing on September APEC Meetings and Women and Economy Summit

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the U.S. State Department and the Bay Area Council will host a briefing on Thursday, May 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials’ Meeting and the Women and the Economy Summit in San Francisco.  The U.S. Government’s most senior official for the 21-economy summit, United States Ambassador Kurt Tong, will be joined by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and officials from the U.S. State Department to brief business executives and the media on plans for all APEC-related events.

Set for September 12-26, 2011, APEC’s Third Senior Officials’ Meeting and related ministerial and high-level meetings are an intensive series of meetings on issues including energy, transportation, women and the economy, digital prosperity, healthcare innovation, and other topics. There will be over 70 meetings and an anticipated 3,500 attendees and volunteers. It is the largest cluster of APEC meetings to be held on the U.S. mainland in 2011, and it is the final official set of talks leading up to the November APEC leaders’ summit in Honolulu.

This will also be the first time the U.S. has hosted a major APEC meeting since 1993.

In conjunction with the APEC events, the Council will also help Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliver a global Women and the Economy Summit.  The gathering of global leaders, including Secretaries of State, Commerce or related Ministers from countries including China, Japan, Russia, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Vietnam, and Australia, will focus on topics such as women as agents of economic growth, increased female employment impacts on the global economy and financial inclusion for women-owned business.

“The Bay Area Council has formed an important partnership with the State Department to work on these events, which will mark the largest diplomatic gathering in the Bay Area since the founding of the United Nations in 1945,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “We are honored to have the opportunity to take the lead on bringing APEC and the Women and the Economy Summit to our region.”

WHO: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Kurt Tong, U.S. Government’s top official for APEC; Lorraine Hariton, U.S. Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the Department of State

WHAT: Briefing on plans for all APEC-related events and Secretary Clinton’s Women and the Economy Summit to take place in San Francisco this September

WHERE: Asian Art Museum, Peterson Room, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 2011

***All media planning to attend should RSVP to, 415-946-8725***

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