United States this week took one more step forward in its plans to host APEC year in 2011. Microsoft joined with Chevron, Federal Express, JP Morgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, Underwriters Labs, and Walmart as founding members of the 2011 private sector host committee. "I am honored to sp;chair the APEC 2011 Host Committee. [APEC membership is drawn from 21 countries on the Pacific Rim from Asia, Latin America and North America.]
Hosting APEC in 2011 is a key opportunity for US to reassert its leadership on broad economic issues affecting not only business but also health, education and security in Asia. Secretary Clinton framed this opportunity perfectly in her speech in Hawaii earlier this year, when she said that "America's future is linked to the future of Asia Pacific region; and the future of this region depends on America." We couldn't agree more," said Craig Mundie.