Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum economies are aware of the need to deliver tangible trade reforms at this month's economic leaders' meeting, the consul general of Canada said yesterday. Colin Russel said members were eager to achieve either sectoral reforms or improve trading procedures before the free-trade deadlines of 2010 for developing economies and 2020 for developed economies. Mr Russell said the currency and equity turmoil would be discussed in the forums and bilateral meetings but was not expected to dominate the procedures. 'It is important that the various problems get discussed and that there is a good understanding of where people stand on the specifics,' he said. 'We all stand for stability and growth, the question is how to achieve it,' Mr Russell added. Apec's role as an economic forum and its progress in trade liberalisation is expected to top the list of issues. 'Apec is not just a talking shop. It means business and business needs to be involved and see the benefits of that,' Mr Russell said. In addition to reviewing each member's action plans there was also pressure to move ahead on 'early voluntary sectoral liberalisation'. He said: 'That is, identifying a few sectors where we can move forward. There has been an enormous level of meetings trying to agree.' Sectors under review for across-the-board liberalisation have been reduced from 61 to 41 with extra discussions likely to lead to more refining of the areas of consensus. Mr Russell said he expected progress to be made in trade facilitation including streamlining customs and harmonising procedures. The meetings will push to improve the involvement of business in development and infrastructure projects.