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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

The 21 member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam) are committed to creating a safe environment for the movement of goods and services throughout the region. The APEC Counterterrorism Task Force (CTTF) was established to coordinate implementation of the Leaders' 2002 Los Cabos Statement on Fighting Terrorism and Promoting Growth, the Leaders' 2003 Bangkok Commitments on Security, and subsequent Leaders' and Ministers' security priorities. These include both counterterrorism and non-proliferation initiatives. In 2005, the CTTF and other APEC fora progressed members' commitments to counterterrorism, non-proliferation, and secure trade, including efforts to dismantle transnational terrorist groups and to eliminate the severe and growing danger posed by proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.

APEC is committed to bolstering regional maritime and port security, and to strengthening international non-proliferation regimes. In 2005, the APEC Framework for Secure Trade was adopted, and further capacity building to assist APEC members in the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security code was provided to seven economies. APEC export control systems were strengthened through capacity building initiatives, such as the 2005 Export Control Conference for APEC Economies. APEC also ensured the safe handling of radioactive sources through an agreement to implement the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Code of Conduct and Import/Export Guidelines for Radioactive Sources by the end of 2006. Airport Security was further enhanced through APEC's resolve to undertake Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) Vulnerability Assessments at international airports, based on ICAO or similar international guidelines. APEC enhanced travel security through improvements in travel document security standards, and through the launch of a pilot project to share lost and stolen passport data between Australia and the United States. Several projects to combat terrorist financing in APEC economies were launched in 2005. APEC members adopted individual Counterterrorism Action Plans, which form the foundation for the work of the CTTF. APEC members convened the third Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR) Conference in 2005 in an initiative to protect sea and air transport from acts of terrorism.

  
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