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APEC creates task force to reopen safe cross-border travel

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has created a Safe Passage Task Force in order to coordinate cross-border travel resumption as a way of reconnecting the region, as economies learn to live with Covid-19. The objective of the task force is to reopen cross-border travel safely and seamlessly in the short term while looking to expand business mobility in the longer term, said Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Thailand and 2022 chair of the APEC Senior Officials, Thani Thongphakdi. He underscored the need to reconnect the Asia-Pacific region to support recovery. The creation of the task force was recommended by the region’s business leaders to APEC leaders. The task force will engage subject matter experts by exploring possible common travel protocols and mutual recognition of health certificates as well as promoting sustainable tourism.

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