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.
New approaches to maritime safety needed to save lives
Search and rescue officials in the APEC region are exchanging information on practices that will improve mechanisms for cooperation on emergency response procedures. Improving these processes will have the added benefit of promoting supply chain reliability and strengthening connectivity.
Going global: upgrading management capacity
After years of driving his business forward, with a high-energy, hands-on approach common to owners of SMEs, Pablo Garcia decided to “just step back.” He introduced a devolved management style, allowing his talented and motivated employees a high degree of freedom to make decisions on research and development, operations and other aspects of the business.
Op-ed: APEC shows the way on trade
International trade today is very different from what it was 20, or even 10, years ago. Entrepreneurs around the world have changed the way they trade, what they trade and with whom they trade. Yet one thing has not changed: the importance of trade for growth, jobs and development.
Small rural exporters pursue international branding
In the sunny, arid Elqui Valley of Northern Chile, workers at ABA Distil harvest muscat grapes for aging in wooden barrels to produce pisco.