Indonesian VP Kalla, Trade Minister Lembong to attend APEC summit

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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks during the Indonesia-China Economic Cooperation Forum at the Great Hall of the People on March 27, 2015 in Beijing, China.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Laura del Rosario confirmed that Indonesian President Joko Widodo would not be attending the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit next week.

According to Del Rosario, Widodo has to attend to national concerns likely connected to his country's haze problem. Indonesian Trade Minister Thomas Lembong will be taking his place.

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir confirmed to CNN Indonesia that Vice President Jusuf Kalla would also attend the summit.

11 bilateral meetings

Meanwhile, Marciano Paynor Jr., director general of the National Organizing Committee of APEC Philippines 2015, said there would be no bilateral meeting scheduled between the Philippines and China.

He added, however, that since China was the last host of the APEC and the Philippines is the current host, the leaders would by tradition be sitting next to each other.

Paynor said President Benigno Aquino III and Chinese President Xi Jinping would have ample opportunities to discuss pressing issues if they wished to do so.

Also read: DFA chief meets with Chinese counterpart for bilateral talks

The Philippines will have about 11 formal bilateral meetings.

He also said the leaders' declaration would include only economic policies concerning inclusive growth, micro small and medium industries, sustainable communities, and the transfer of technology.

Paynor said authorities were fine-tuning the movements of leaders to and from venues.

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He also aske for maximum cooperation, urging motorists to respect traffic regulations to avoid traffic jams.

Paynor added that it's standard procedure to ask administrators of buildings along Roxas Boulevard to keep their windows shut — similar to what authorities did during the last United Nations (UN) summit in New York.

Also read: PNP asks establishments along APEC route to close windows

Paynor also clarified that mobile network services would not be cut off.

CNN Philippines' Isabella Montano contributed to this report.