APEC Malaysia 2020

APEC Malaysia 2020
APEC Malaysia 2020 logo.png
Host countryMalaysia
DateNovember 20, 2020
MottoOptimising Human Potential Towards a Resilient Future of Shared Prosperity: Pivot. Prioritise. Progress
Venue(s)Kuala Lumpur & virtual

APEC Malaysia 2020 is the year-long hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Malaysia[1][2] starting from December 2019 until November 2020.[3]

This is Malaysia's second time hosting an APEC meeting, having hosted one in 1998.

After the virtual summit held on 20 November 2020, the APEC leaders issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration.[4]


The official theme of the APEC Malaysia 2020 is "Optimising Human Potential Towards a Resilient Future of Shared Prosperity: Pivot. Prioritise. Progress". It was chosen to reflect the Asia Pacific region's resilience, agility and inclusive economic growth through the concept of Shared Prosperity during the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

APEC Malaysia 2020 logo is an image of Malaysia's national flower, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, known locally as Bunga Raya, literally meaning ‘celebratory flower’ which symbolises unity and diversity.

The 21 individual petals of the flower represents the spirit of unity of 21 APEC members in promoting regional economic integration, sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region, the different tone of red/maroon of the logo represents the diversity of the APEC members; the 3 pistils of different shades of blue in the centre that resemble the waves of the Pacific Ocean represents unity of all APEC members under its core principles of consensus, voluntary and non-binding; while the 14-pointed star represents the 14 states in Malaysia and the inspirations of APEC members after 2020.[6]



This would have been the first APEC Meeting for Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape, the host Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti after their inaugurations and appointments on May 30, 2019, March 1, 2020, September 16, 2020 and November 17, 2020 respectively. It was the also last APEC meeting for United States President Donald Trump (who stepped down on 20 January 2021 following the 2020 United States presidential election and the inauguration of Joe Biden) respectively.

Two Presidents who did not attend are Vietnamese President Nguyễn Phú Trọng and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Trọng sent Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc in his place and Obrador represented by Mexican Minister of Economy Graciela Márquez Colín respectively.

Attendees at the
2020 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting[7]
Member economies Name as used in APEC Position Name
 Australia Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison
 Brunei Brunei Darussalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
 Canada Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
 Chile Chile President Sebastián Piñera
 China People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping
 Hong Kong Hong Kong, China[a] Chief Executive Carrie Lam
 Indonesia Indonesia President Joko Widodo
 Japan Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga
 South Korea Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in
 Malaysia Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (host)
 Mexico* Mexico Minister of Economy Graciela Márquez Colín
 New Zealand New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape
 Peru Peru President Francisco Sagasti
 Philippines Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
 Russia Russia President Vladimir Putin
 Singapore Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
 Taiwan Chinese Taipei[b] Special Representative of President Morris Chang
 Thailand Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
 United States United States President Donald Trump
 Vietnam* Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc
(*) Vietnamese President Nguyễn Phú Trọng and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would have not attended the leaders' summit. Representative of each country were sent to attend on their behalf


  1. ^ Hong Kong joined APEC in 1991 during British administration with the name "Hong Kong." In 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and took the name "Hong Kong, China."
  2. ^ Due to the complexities of the relations between it and the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China (ROC or "Taiwan") is not represented under its official name "Republic of China" or as "Taiwan". Instead, it participates in APEC under the name "Chinese Taipei". The President of the Republic of China does not attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in person. Instead, it is generally represented by a ministerial-level official responsible for economic affairs or someone designated by the president. See List of Chinese Taipei Representatives to APEC.


  1. ^ Landau, Esther (8 August 2019). "APEC 2020 host job will benefit Malaysian economy". New Straits Times.
  2. ^ "APEC 2020 will be an important event for Malaysia — Australian envoy". theedgemarkets.com. 12 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Ministry of International Trade and Industry - APEC 2020 Volunteer". miti.gov.my. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  4. ^ "APEC Leaders Issue Kuala Lumpur Declaration". scoop.co.nz. 21 November 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  5. ^ Theme and priority areas
  6. ^ Logo and corporate identity
  7. ^ "2020 Leaders' Declaration". APEC. Retrieved 2020-11-24.

External links

Preceded by
APEC Chile 2019
APEC meetings
Succeeded by
APEC New Zealand 2021

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