June 30, 2020 / 12:35 AM / 8 days ago

NZ to use virtual digital platforms to host APEC summit

SYDNEY, June 30 (Reuters) - New Zealand will use virtual digital platforms to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group summit next year, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday.

The decision to go virtual was due to the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including border restrictions, Peters said in a statement.

“Given the current global environment, planning to have such a large volume of high-level visitors in New Zealand from late 2020 onwards is impractical,” Peters said.

Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Kim Coghill

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