APEC economies’ agenda for a more resilient Asia-Pacific
While global uncertainty contributed to a slowdown in growth for many Asia Pacific economies in 2012, the region ended the year on a more encouraging note and is positioned to rebound further. The markets are currently seeing 2013 as the year when a wider range of economies return to more robust growth.
Outlook: APEC Indonesia 2013
In 2013, APEC will strengthen its efforts to realize the Asia-Pacific region’s full potential, thereby responding to global challenges through partnership and cooperation. Under the theme, “Resilient Asia-Pacific, Engine of Global Growth”, concrete outcomes are expected from the fulfillment of three priorities areas.
APEC Russia 2012 Outcomes: Integrate to Grow, Innovate to Prosper
Russia hosted APEC for the first time since its accession in 1998. Vladivostok’s Russkiy Island on its Pacific coast was the venue for the 20th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.
(Still) moving towards free and open trade
Despite continued global economic uncertainty and downside risk, APEC member economies are sticking to a familiar growth and development path.
How preparing for disasters is critical for APEC economies
This 26 December marks the eighth anniversary of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting tsunamis that deeply affected much of Thailand, Indonesia and other parts of the world. Close to a quarter of a million lives were lost and the damages totaled nearly US$10 billion.
Message from the APEC Secretariat Executive Director: A fond farewell
It is with deep respect and regard for my colleagues and friends at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat – and for all members of the APEC family – that I take this opportunity to reflect on the three years that I have served as APEC’s first fixed-term Executive Director.
Testing standards promote trade in energy efficient products
Product innovation is inevitable but the biggest challenge is how to set international testing standards to measure the performance and ensure the acceptance of energy efficient products, said a senior APEC energy official this week in Chinese Taipei.
APEC targets transparency in trade
Before investors enter the market, they want to know clearly what the rules are. After they enter the market, they want assurances that the rules – government policies, regulations and laws – will stay the same or will only be changed in a transparent and participatory manner.
Small business key to innovative growth
Starting a business means “betting against the odds,” says Anthony Koh, a successful entrepreneur from Singapore.
Putting food first in the APEC region
Speaking to a packed auditorium at the APEC CEO Summit in Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently echoed the sentiment of APEC economies that the region’s food supply needs to be strengthened if future growth is to be secured.