New Zealand to use online platforms to host APEC summit

FILE PHOTO: New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters speaks during a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New Zealand will use virtual digital platforms to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday, attributing the decision to uncertainty around travel due to the coronavirus.

“What we’ve done is we’ve determined that actually for the sake of certainty, let’s just plan for that virtual gathering,” Ardern said at a media briefing in Wellington.

“That means that we don’t have the added cost, the added disruption that the uncertainty of COVID brings.”

New Zealand, early this month, lifted all social and economic restrictions except border controls, after declaring it was free of the coronavirus, while many countries are still grappling to contain the spread of the disease.

Ardern said the country has no plans to reopen its

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Web Summit to take place in Portugal in December if virus ebbs

LISBON (Reuters) – Europe’s biggest technology conference, the Web Summit, is in talks with the Portuguese government to organise its annual event in Lisbon in December, a month after originally planned, its founder Paddy Cosgrave said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave and Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa clap their hands during the closing ceremony of the Web Summit, in Lisbon, Portugal, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes/File Photo

“Every government anywhere in the world would hope the situation improves and normality might be able to return to their city and country,” Cosgrave told an online news conference.

The format of the summit is likely to be decided in early October, adhering to Portugal’s health protocols and will be reviewed weekly until the opening day on Dec. 2.

Should it take place it could be one of the first big international events to be staged since the

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