Anti-Corruption and FTAs/RTAs amongst Key Issues Discussed by Leaders
The 1997 Asian Financial Crisis was yet another reminder - if the world needed one - that corruption and poor transparency inhibit the development of fair and efficient markets. That message hasn't been lost on APEC.
Innovative Capacity Building Approach to be Trialed in 2005
Expanding the reach and cost-effectiveness of APEC's capacity building program is the main aim of a trial partnership between the APEC and the World Bank's Global Development Learning Network (GDLN). Investigating strategies to ensure that the limited money that economies commit to APEC is spent wisely so that maximum benefit goes to those who need it most, APEC established a relationship with the GDLN in early 2003.
Healthy People, Healthy Economies
Everybody's talking about the life sciences and biotechnology as the Next Big Thing. Policy makers in APEC consider life sciences innovation as an investment.
FTAs: Working Towards Bogor Goals
The growth of Free Trade Agreements and Regional Trade Agreements (FTAs/RTAs) in the Asia-Pacific is spurring APEC's efforts to liberalise trade and investment throughout the region.
Trade Ministers Provide Political Support for WTO Doha Development Agenda Negotiations
Unlocking the WTO Doha Development Agenda (DDA) Negotiations was of paramount importance at the recent APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting in Pucón, Chile. Ministers from APEC's 21 Member Economies sent a strong message of support to the WTO, encouraging all parties to find ways to successfully conclude negotiations.
IP Education Skill-Swap Project Assisting Asia-Pacific Businesses to Benefit from Innovation
Exporters to Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam, as well as innovators in these economies can now feel more confident that their valuable intellectual property (IP) assets will be properly protected as a result of an IP Education Skill-Swap Project co-funded by APEC and IP Australia.
Individual Action Plans Keeping APEC Economies on Track
How can a Issue untary forum like APEC keep the pressure on its 21 Member Economies to pursue trade and investment liberalization and facilitation measures and to meet the Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment by 2010 for industrialized economies and 2020 for developing economies?
APEC Youth Camp - Encouraging 'Youth Entrepreneurship'
Potential future APEC leaders and stakeholders will gather in Chinese Taipei in early August to develop their entrepreneurial skills as part of the 2004 APEC International Youth Camp.
APEC Online Privacy Protection Framework to Facilitate Increased Electronic Commerce
Worldwide electronic commerce spending will reach $6.9 trillion in 2004, with the Asia-Pacific (excluding the Americas) accounting for $1.6 trillion - over 20 percent of the total forecast, reports Forrester Research. This figure is set to grow over the coming decade, but concern over the collection and unauthorised use of personal information in the region could hamper the growth of online transactions and limit the development of the information society.
Securing Trade in the APEC Region - Concrete Outcomes from Second STAR Conference
Over 200 leading business and government representatives met in Viña del Mar, Chile, recently to look at ways to improve regional security while facilitating the free cross-border movement of legitimate goods, finances and passengers.