Apec mem­bers to cre­ate an app

New Straits Times - - Business -

SINGAPORE: Amid fears trade bar­ri­ers are go­ing to in­crease, the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (Apec) has come up with an idea to stem the pro­tec­tion­ist tide: cre­ate an app. The mem­bers are plan­ning to hold a 24-hour com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign the app among 11 teams of soft­ware and web de­vel­op­ers as a way to en­liven pro­ceed­ings of the trade of­fi­cials held in Hanoi, Viet­nam yes­ter­day and to­day. The group pledged in Novem­ber to re­ject pro­tec­tion­ism and tackle the slow­down in trade growth.

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