14 Nov '11, 1am

Call to promote growth, jobs

Call to promote growth, jobs

HONOLULU, Hawaii: Asia-Pacific leaders have pledged to further free up trade as a way to achieve sustainable world recovery in the aftermath of the 2008 global recession. Speaking at the leaders' meeting, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stressed on the need to promote growth and jobs. The idyllic backdrop in Hawaii provided a fitting end to this year's APEC Leaders' meeting, with optimism filling the air. In their joint statement, the 21 leaders described Asia-Pacific as a "vanguard for global growth". US President Barack Obama said: "No region will do more to shape our long term economic future than the Asia Pacific region. As I have said, the United States is and always will be, a Pacific nation. Many of our top trading partners are in this region." At the leaders' meeting earlier on Sunday, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the global economy is at ...

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