1. Gov't To Select Host City For 2005 APEC Forum By May. Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies, 8 January 2004 SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) - The South Korean government will select the host city for the 2005 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum by May, officials said Thursday. "The government is to announce its final choice at the APEC senior officials' meeting scheduled to open in Santiago, Chile, in May, so it will have to make a decision before the meeting," said Choi Jong-moo, a key member of the government task force formed to oversee preparations for the APEC forum. The 22-member preparation and planning body is scheduled to convene a meeting of a government-civilian selection committee next Wednesday, the first since it finished receiving applications from cities on Dec. 31. Formed as a sub-organization of the preparation and planning body, the committee will review applications from bidding cities and set detailed procedures for the selection. Seoul, Busan and Jeju submitted bids to host the biennial summit of 21 Asia-Pacific countries, officials said. South Korea was selected to host the event at the 2000 summit in Brunei. 2. Yasuo Kanzaki Named Member Of APEC Business Advisory Council. Kyodo News, 7 January 2004 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Wednesday named Yasuo Kanzaki, an adviser to Nikko Citigroup Ltd., as one of three Japanese members of a private advisory panel to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the Foreign Ministry said. Kanzaki will replace Tasuku Takagaki, an adviser to the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The two other members - Nobuhiko Kawamoto, a director and adviser at Honda Motor Co., and Noriyuki Yonemura, senior vice president at Fuji Xerox Co. - retain their posts, the ministry said. Takagaki served as an ABAC member for three years from 2001. ABAC plans to hold meetings in February, May, August and October and present recommendations to APEC leaders when they hold a summit meeting in the Chilean capital Santiago in November. APEC, set up in 1989, consists of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. 3. Chilean Ambassador Becomes Executive Director Of APEC Secretariat. Xinhua News Agency, 2 January 2004 SANTIAGO, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) - Chilean Ambassador Mario Artaza became the Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Thursday. During his long diplomatic career, Artaza had served as Chilean ambassador to the United States and Britain. Between 1974 and 1990, he worked in the World Bank in Washington. Taking up the new post, Artaza will, from the APEC headquarters in Singapore, preside over the operations of the secretariat as a support base for his home country which assumes the APEC presidency in 2004. APEC has scheduled for the new year nine meetings at the ministerial level, 10 more at the technical level and more than 100 meetings of work groups and seminars. On Nov. 20-21, 2004, the APEC informal leadership meeting will take place in the Chilean capital of Santiago.
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