Preparing SMEs for Disasters
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, small and medium-sized businesses in the Philippines from farms to fisheries were impacted by the devastation. Many coconut farms, a key export for the Philippines, were flattened. Amid the wreckage of flooded crops and broken boats, small business owners struggled to rebuild their livelihoods.
Paperless system speeds up trade
In this digital age, APEC is centralizing the export-import process using a paperless system, significantly reducing the cost and time for goods to travel across borders.
Streamlining Regulations Boosts Wine Trade
In a trendy corner of Beijing’s Chaoyang district, a crowd of professionals share a wine-tasting menu sampling Cabernets from Australia, Chile, New Zealand and the United States. These wine bars, a growing trend in Asia, are gaining ground in China. Chinese consumers increasingly want the quality and diversity of their wine-tasting experiences abroad, causing wine imports to skyrocket.
Analysis: Why the APEC environmental goods list is worth the region's energy
APEC economies are working to reduce tariffs to five per cent or less on a list of environmental goods by 2015 and in 2014 will explore opportunities for building on this initiative within the WTO. In an interview, Dr Phyllis Genther Yoshida, APEC Energy Working Group Lead Shepherd, explained the list’s significance and how it fits with APEC’s broader work to improve energy efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Transforming Digital Divides into Digital Opportunities
Along a busy Peruvian street, outside of Lima, a small cement building buzzed with new computers, internet connection and the excited chatter of all ages—children, young adults, and the elderly.
The Cross Border Privacy Rules System: Promoting consumer privacy and economic growth across the APEC region
In today’s digital economy, data is stored remotely and accessed anywhere in the world. Emails could be stored on servers in Australia by an American company and accessed in Singapore. Buyers and sellers across different time zones purchase goods, share personal data, and make financial payments via the internet.
Mapping out a renewable energy future
Crushed sugarcane stalks, once regarded as trash, are fed into boilers and burned to generate fuel at a mill in northeast Thailand. The burned sugarcane waste generates enough electric power to support the Mitr Phol Bio-Power mill’s daily operations and even provides surplus power to Thailand’s electricity grid.
Connecting indigenous micro-enterprises to global markets
A deadly typhoon struck Chinese Taipei on 9 August 2009, devastating rural communities in the island’s south. Indigenous women were hit hardest, and many of them struggled to restore the micro-enterprises they relied on to support their families.
Interview: Boosting business recovery before disasters strike
Small and medium enterprises account for around 90 percent of all businesses in the Asia-Pacific but operate in a region that is hit by more than 70 percent of natural disasters worldwide. The APEC Bulletin spoke with Dr Li Wei-sen, Co-Chair of the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group, to learn how APEC economies are working to ensure that firms in the sector are in a position to weather the effects of an emergency.
Grappling with global governance: Gaps must be filled in Asia-Pacific
We have learned to worry about international governance wherever there are synergies — good things that will only happen if economies group together — or threatened spillovers — where bad things can infect other economies. The world of economic policy has always been full of such issues. The more we globalise, the more acute they become.