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SINGAPORE, March 9 Kyodo The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum plans to make use of its symposium on the year 2000 computer glitch in Singapore next month to lay the groundwork for policies to help its members tackle the problem. The APEC Y2K symposium, which will take place April 22 and 23, ''is crucial as it will lay the groundwork on APEC Y2K issues for possible implementation in the years ahead,'' the Singapore-based APEC Secretariat said in its latest update on the symposium. It said APEC ministers and leaders will take into account the outcome of the symposium at their September meeting in Auckland. Brunei, the APEC rotating chair for next year, will be responsible for the follow-up, it said. The symposium, organized by Canada, Japan and Singapore, will focus on the transborder impact of Y2K in key sectors such as telecommunications, financial services, customs, transportation and energy. It will also examine Y2K problems likely to plague small and medium-sized enterprises. Some of the world's most eminent Y2K experts, including John Koskinen from the United States, have been invited to speak. Koskinen, who was appointed last year as U.S. President Bill Clinton's adviser on the Y2K problem, will deliver the keynote address at the symposium. There will also be experts from the International Telecommunications Union, International Energy Agency, World Customs Organization, International Air Transport Association, and International Maritime Organization. About 300 participants from APEC's 21-member economies will attend the symposium. Most of them are expected to come from the public sector. Representatives from the private sector and international organizations working on the Y2K problem such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have also been invited.
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