The head of the White House also once again called the climate crisis an excellent opportunity to create high-quality jobs and stressed the importance of cooperation in order to “move towards a sustainable future.”

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday discussed the problems of strengthening cybersecurity, as well as the development of digital technologies, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held via videoconference. This is stated in a distributed written statement of the White House following the results of the speech of the American leader.

“President Biden reaffirmed our interest in acting as a strong and reliable partner for the APEC economies in the process of ensuring sustainable and inclusive [economic] growth. The President discussed ways to unlock the economic opportunities of the region and deepen American economic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region,” the statement reads.

The head of the Washington administration spoke about how the United States and the countries of the region “can work together to create a common path for the development of digital technologies to promote an open, compatible, reliable and secure Internet, invest in reliable cybersecurity and develop digital economy standards that will position all our economies for the future,” the White House noted. He also once again called the climate crisis an excellent opportunity to create high-quality jobs and stressed the importance of cooperation in order to “move towards a sustainable future.”

During his speech, Biden stressed his commitment to strengthening U.S. relations with the countries of the region to “promote fair and open trade, investment, increase America’s competitiveness and ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region.” According to the White House, the participants of the videoconference discussed “the ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and support the recovery of the global economy.” The American president noted that to date, the United States has sent 64 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to APEC economies, and also promised that the United States will invest in the production of infection drugs abroad and cooperate with the region in the field of healthcare.