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(Saturday, November 14, 2009) – Mayor Mufi Hannemann today said he was “ecstatic” that Honolulu had been selected as the site for the 2011 APEC Summit.


APEC, or Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, is the 21-nation economic forum that includes Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States, and Viet Nam.  The group’s member economies account for 40.5 percent of the world’s population, 54.2 percent of world GDP, and 43.7 percent of world trade.


            The announcement was made by President Barrack Obama at the APEC conference being held in Singapore at this time.  The 2011 forum will be held in Honolulu November 12-20.


            Mayor Hannemann said, “We received word of Honolulu’s selection from the White House earlier this week.  We’re thrilled to be named as the site for another prestigious international gathering, this one to involve the heads of state of the most prominent nations of the Pacific, including Hawaii’s own President Obama.  It should be a perfect homecoming for the leader of our nation, and a special opportunity for him and us to welcome so many world leaders to our shores.”


            In addition to collaborating with the East-West Center and Hawaii Tourism Authority on the proposal to host the conference, Hannemann personally lobbied for the effort in meetings with White House and State Department officials this past June.  He made personal appeals in letters to the President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Hannemann also met with a Deputy Assistant to the President in October during a site visit of Honolulu.


            “When President Charles Morrison of the East-West Center first approached the City about collaborating on a proposal to host APEC, the key component was security.  That is, while all large cities have hotels and convention facilities, security is often a deciding factor, particularly given the high profile of the event and its delegates.  We bested the competing cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with our package.


            “Not only is Honolulu one of the safest big cities in America, according to the FBI, but our Honolulu Police Department has earned national accreditation, as has the Honolulu Fire Department.  Combined with our Emergency Medical Services and Department of Emergency Management, I believe our first-responder team is unparalleled.  HPD, in particular, has demonstrated time and time again its capability in overseeing security for visits by Presidents, heads of state, the World Bank conference, and so many other major events.  I have every confidence in the ability of our first-responders to respond to this new challenge.


            Honolulu, and all of Hawaii for that matter, will be on the world stage come 2011, and it will be our opportunity to show that we’re more than sun, sand, sea, surf, and the spirit of aloha.  We have tremendous people assets, excellent convention facilities, and a superb infrastructure, against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty, and I know we’ll do a terrific job as the host city.  We look forward to working together in the coming months with both the White House and the State Department to insure a successful APEC 2011 Summit.”





Bill Brennan, 768-6928