(submitted by Mexico)
THE TENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASIA PACIFIC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM:
Considering the statements in the Declaration of Valparaiso on the establishment of the Pacific Basin Charter;
Knowing the importance of the Tenth Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum to widen and to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the national parliaments of the region;
Appreciating the importance of tying the legislative decisions of the parliaments of the region to fortify and to consolidate the commitments of the national leaders around a greater economic and commercial integration in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and in the multilateral system of the World Trade Organization; and
Considering that the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is in a decisive stage in the fulfilment of the Objectives of Bogor relative to the liberalization and economic and commercial integration of the Pacific Region and that the participation of the Parliaments of our nations will be decisive to make reality the commitments of this integration;
Consider having an APPF meeting prior to the APEC Leaders Conference in Mexico 2002 so as to incorporate the needs and views of our community into its agenda of economic cooperation, including by integrating the voice of parliamentarians at the level of APPF members.
January 9, 2002, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA