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.
Delivering on Doha - APEC Helps its Members Maximize the Benefits of Global Trade and Reinvigorate Stalled WTO Negotiations
It took fifty years from the Second World War before governments set up the World Trade Organization. Since then the disparate group has wrestled with achieving consent through consensus. In recent years globalization has made that challenge even greater.
Breaking down the Barriers for SME Exporters
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Asia-Pacific contribute significantly to regional exports, job creation and economic growth. However, SMEs also face major impediments to market access and are often under represented in the international economy.
APEC Science Ministers Plan to Capture the Value of Science To Deliver Sustainable Regional Growth
"The activities of governments, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors need to be closely interlinked to ensure each economy gains the maximum benefit from science, technology and innovation."
ABAC Helps Launch APEC's Mid-term Review With a Business Assessment
In the decade since establishing APEC's Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment in the region, APEC economies' liberalisation efforts and economic growth have helped raise an estimated 165 million people out of poverty, reducing poverty in the region by one third.
Bangkok Outcomes Aim to Ensure Regional Prosperity
APEC Leaders and Ministers met in Bangkok in October to collectively confront global and regional challenges. Leaders recommitted to their trade liberalisation goals and to concluding the WTO Doha Development Agenda negotiations.
Collaboration to Strengthen Economic and Technical Cooperation
APEC's efforts to build human capacity, support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, maintain sustainable development and strengthen markets were boosted through a constructive meeting with the World Bank's Global Distance Learning Network (GDLN) in late November.
Commitment to Innovation to Stimulate Economic Growth and Improve Health
Healthy workers and societies contribute to a healthy regional economy. Through the newly formed, Life Sciences Innovation Forum, APEC is encouraging innovation at all stages of the life sciences value chain, from research and development into new treatments and cures, manufacturing and marketing drugs and treatments through to delivering top quality health services.
Making Asia-Pacific Investment Decisions Easier
Careful planning before making investment decisions can be the difference between success and failure. Before investing in the Asia-Pacific, the world's most dynamic investment region, it is worth doing your homework. Knowing where to start is half the battle, so to make this task easier APEC has just published the "Guide to Investment Regimes of the APEC Member Economies".
One Community, Our Future - Chile's Vision for APEC 2004
Working together to further develop the Asia-Pacific community and sharing the benefits of being part of the most economically dynamic region of the world is the main goal of APEC Chile 2004. The APEC 2004 theme, "One Community, Our Future", was announced in Viña del Mar, Chile in December 2003.