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ISOM media kit

Senior officials from the 21 APEC economies will meet virtually on 9-11 December, 2020 to outline the policy focus of APEC during New Zealand’s host year in 2021. Called the Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting (ISOM), it will be the first meeting hosted by New Zealand and will set the stage for the coming year.

Media are not required to register for the Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting (ISOM). The parts of the ISOM programme open to media will be available to view on the APEC 2021 website.

* This media kit can be downloaded in Word or PDF

ISOM sessions 1 and 2 will be be streamed on the APEC 2021 website from 4.30pm New Zealand time on 9 December, 2020. The sessions will also be available on the website for viewing at any time afterwards.

Session 1: Opening

  • Virtual pōwhiri (Māori cultural welcome)
  • Introduction by SOM Chair

Supporting content: Pōwhiri: Creating a meaningful virtual welcome.

Session 2: The Big Picture - COVID-19 economic recovery

Symposium speakers will discuss macro-economic and fiscal responses to COVID-19.

  • Moderator: SOM Chair Vangelis Vitalis
  • Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank
  • Ma Jun, Director of Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Denis Hew, Director, APEC Policy Support Unit

Links to the video recordings will be available afterwards and symposium closing remarks by New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth Hon Damien O’Connor will also be available to view on the APEC 2021 website.

Supporting content: ISOM symposium keynote speakers.

For requests for links to video recordings, images from ISOM and all other media enquiries:

For further information on New Zealand’s host year refer to the APEC 2021 launch media kit.

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Virtual media conferences

Interactive virtual media conferences will be held after key APEC 2021 meetings, providing media with access to Ministers and Economic Leaders. Media conference details will be shared via media advisories before each meeting cluster. The first virtual media conference is planned for the opening of SOM 1 in February 2021.

Accessing media materials

The media resources section of this website houses APEC 2021 media releases, videos, images, New Zealand business case studies and media kits, which will be created for each meeting cluster. High resolution video and image files displayed on the website can be requested by emailing

Media content platform: From Senior Officials’ Meeting 1 (SOM 1), media will have access to a media content platform that will allow the direct download of high resolution images and video files. Video footage and images will be captured at key events, including media conferences, and made available to media as edited packages or raw footage. Details for accessing the media content platform will be provided in the SOM 1 media advisory.

Supporting media materials

Video: APEC 2021 pōwhiri video: Highlights from the physical event attended by APEC representatives based in New Zealand.

Images: APEC 2021 pōwhiri photos: Photo gallery of still images. Higher resolution files can be requested.

Documents: APEC 2021 pōwhiri media release issued by New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Manaia Mahuta.