At APEC, Governor Newsom Highlights California’s Low-Carbon, Green Growth Economy
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SAN FRANCISCO ~ This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco to promote economic development and trade, as well as advance climate action and strengthen ties between California and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

At a welcome reception hosted by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Governor Newsom addressed the 21 APEC member economies, saying "California is America's gateway to the Asia-Pacific – we're a state of dreamers and doers, entrepreneurs and innovators. We don't tolerate our diversity, we celebrate our diversity – that's our strength: it's central to who we are as Californians. We're proud to welcome the 21 APEC member economies so we can work to achieve a better, more prosperous future for all — that's the California Way."

Throughout the week, Governor Newsom met with leaders from Australia, Canada, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. During his meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and The Honorable Dr. Kevin Rudd AC, Australia's Ambassador to the United States, they adopted a work plan for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by California and Australia earlier this year. With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau they discussed progress made on their climate partnership launched last year. With Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong they discussed advancing bilateral relations including on trade, economic development and climate cooperation. With UK Secretary of State for Business and Trade Kemi Badenoch they discussed climate cooperation, trade relationship and economic cooperation as well as artificial intelligence. Finally with Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong they worked to advance bilateral relations and strengthen cultural ties.

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On Wednesday Governor Newsom addressed the APEC CEO Summit – one of the most influential gatherings of business and government leaders from the Asia-Pacific region - at a fireside chat entitled "Leading with Vision: How APEC Government, Local and Business Leaders Can Drive the Change We Need" where he shared how California has turned challenges of climate crisis into opportunities that have helped grow their economy while creating good paying jobs.

The Newsom Administration also advanced their commitment to zero-emission port activities during this week at APEC by developing additional partnerships along vital trade corridors that power global economy with foreign dignitaries and leaders of major seaports present at this summit.

The Governor concluded his remarks saying "We are proud to be part of this important gathering here in San Francisco – it is an honor to join you in advancing our shared goals for a better future for all."

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