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Asia-Pacific Business Symposium Starts Wednesday

November 7, 2011, 10:07 AM HST
* Updated November 7, 10:58 AM
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US Senator Daniel Inouye is a featured speaker at the Asia-Pacific Business Symposium going on this week. File photo.

By Sonia Isotov

The Hawaii business community will have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from APEC global leaders at the Asia-Pacific Business Symposium in Waikiki, starting Wednesday, November 9.

Sponsored by the APEC Hawai‘i Host Committee, East-West Center and Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), this two-day symposium at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa will focus discussion on trade, regional sustainability, public-private partnerships, the role of small and medium enterprises, and the future of Hawaii’s influence within the Asia-Pacific region.

Featured local speakers include: US Senator Dan Inouye, Dr. Charles Morrison, president of the East-West Center; Warren Luke, chairman of PBEC and president and chief executive officer of Hawai‘i National Bank.

Featured international and national speakers include: Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank; Craig Emerson, Australian Minister for Trade; Yu Ping, vice chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade; and Surapong Tovichakchaikul, the Thai foreign minister.

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