November 26, 2022

BANGKOK, Thailand — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. arrived in Thailand Wednesday night where he will meet with business leaders as part of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Marcos arrived at Don Mueang International Airport at approximately 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. Philippine time, aboard flight PR001).

He was accompanied by First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos and the Philippine delegation on a four-day visit during which he will attend his first APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

The Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) said Marcos and the first lady are expected to meet King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana, who will receive APEC leaders and spouses.

“The President will engage with other leaders on how to address food and energy security and the economic inclusion of the country’s micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), among others,” the OPS said.

Data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows that of the 1.080 million companies operating in the Philippines in 2021, 99.58% were MSMEs.

These include 978,612 or 90.54% micro, 93,230 or 8.63% small, 4,437 medium and 4,531 or 0.42% large.

“The Philippine leader also looks forward to unlocking economic potential, digitizing the country’s participation in the digital economy, advancing sustainable development and tackling the climate crisis,” the OPS said.

Marcos is expected to have at least six bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit, where he said he brings with him the dream of a “peaceful and prosperous” Asia-Pacific region.

This year’s APEC summit, hosted by Thailand, aims to revive recovery, revitalize growth and integrate inclusion among member states.

Its 21 members include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

The President will also meet with the Filipino community in Thailand during the working trip.—LDF, GMA Integrated News