Progressing Structural Reform in APEC Economies
Structural reform initiatives moved to the center stage at APEC. These initiatives have built on the Economic Committee's success in raising awareness of the significance of "behind-the-border" policies for growth and regional economic integration. This recognition was highlighted by APEC Leaders' in Sydney last year when they welcomed efforts to intensify work on the Leaders' Agenda to Implement Structural Reform (LAISR).
Perspectives on 2008: A Dialogue with Peru's Ministers
In an interview with the APEC Secretariat, Peru's Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade shared their priorities for APEC Economic Leaders' Week which will occur in Lima between November 16-23, 2008.
Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) - Information Sharing at its Best
The HRDWG's new WIKI site is up and running. The WIKI is a collaborative website in which APEC members and member-nominated experts can edit existing pages or create new pages related to APEC projects.
Natural Disaster: The Neighbour on Your Doorstep
There was perhaps a time when news of a natural disaster could evoke a sense of "them-not-us" relief. But as the world gets smaller, disaster seems more frequent. And, certainly, it seems closer. "They" are our neighbours. And, sometimes, "they" are actually "us."
What APEC is Doing to Promote Capacity Building?
APEC's efforts to achieve sustainable growth and equitable development in the Asia-Pacific region, to reduce economic disparities among APEC economies, and to improve economic and social well-being, have traditionally been implemented through capacity building activities.
How We Think Now: Lessons in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
In recent years, the frequency of natural disasters has taken a visible upturn, as evidenced most dramatically in the Asia-Pacific region, where an approximate 70 percent of all such disasters occur. Apart from the immediate human trauma, large-scale disasters have a long-term impact on economies - as well as livelihoods.
Harmonizing Regulatory Practices Across APEC: Good Clinical Research Inspection Global pharma necessitates harmonized regulation
Multinational drug companies conduct clinical research and trials in many countries and market the resulting products around the world. And in each country the companies face a different regulatory environment
APEC Puts the Squeeze on Corruption: Regional Practitioners Share Strategies
It should seem obvious that the fight against corruption is crucial. For it hampers development, affects income distribution, reduces the effectiveness of state institutions and facilitates crime.
Champion of both martial arts and acting, Jet Li discusses his next big role as entrepreneur
"In the first part of my life, I pursued martial arts. In the second part, I pursued movies. Now," says Jet Li, "I am an entrepreneur - and I am pursuing charity."
Harmonizing Regulatory Practices Across APEC: Good Clinical Research Inspection
No longer are drug companies restricted to operating within the borders of a limited regulatory environment. And as a result protecting human research subjects from any harm can be a challenge. That's why APEC economies got together in Bangkok to discuss good clinical research practices (GCP) and how to harmonize standards and their implementation across the APEC region.