APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed
the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary
bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for
hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum
“APEC is the leading economic and trade
forum in the Asia-Pacific region and APEC 2021 will be the
largest international event ever hosted by the New Zealand
Government, bringing with it complex security needs. Up to
20,000 visitors are expected throughout the year, including
world leaders, ministers and international media,” Mr
“This Bill will ensure the New
Zealand Police has the resources it needs, as well as
provide temporary security and safety measures around key
meeting locations during the leaders’ event,” Mr Peters
The temporary legislation, which passed its
first reading today with bipartisan support, will expire at
the end of November 2021.
The Bill will now proceed
to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee
for consideration and public consultation. The Bill can be
read in full here.
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