09 June 2017 – Former Deputy Director General for Conference Management Services of the APEC 2015 National Organizing Committee, Ambassador Ma. Angelina M. Sta. Catalina, was among the resource persons during the “Workshop on Preparing and Hosting APEC Year” held on 08-09 June 2017 at the APEC Secretariat in Singapore.
The Philippines served as Host Economy of APEC in 2015, where Ambassador Sta. Catalina was among the key officials responsible for the successful staging of this international event.
The seminar was organized in response to the clamor of incoming APEC host economies (i.e., Papua New Guinea in 2018, Chile in 2019, Malaysia in 2020, New Zealand in 2021, and Thailand in 2022) for guidance on how to prepare for their future roles.
Among the topics discussed were resource mobilization and management, accommodations, security, and public awareness.
Minister Grace T. Cruz-Fabella of the APEC Secretariat also shared her experience and the lessons learned in her previous capacity as Host Economy Representative (HER), together with previous HERs from China, Peru, and the current one Vietnam.
Aside from the incoming APEC Host Economies, there were also participants from Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, and the Philippines (through the Philippine Embassy in Singapore).