APEC's New Executive Director Takes the Helm in 2008
For Peruvians, hosting APEC in 2008 begins a new relationship with the Asia-Pacific. In addition to addressing the social dimensions of trade, this year's host will also stick to promoting APEC's core principles by pressing forward on issues such as trade liberalization, structural reform and bridging the development gap through capacity building.
News from the EC Chair: Promoting Improved Structural Policies in the Asia-Pacific Region
APEC 2007, hosted by Australia, was characterised by a growing recognition that economies that pursue structural reforms to address domestic or behind-the-border impediments to growth are more resilient to economic shocks, achieve greater macroeconomic stability, and experience increased productivity and higher living standards over time.
Achieving APEC's Trade Objectives
Reinvigorating WTO negotiations will be a key priority for APEC economies this year. Following up on the Meeting for APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade in Cairns, Australia, Trade Ministers will meet again with their Foreign Minister counterparts in Sydney to take action on the markers they laid down a few months ago.
Setting the Scene for the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in 2007
The Asia-Pacific region is currently enjoying one of the most prosperous periods in its history as a result of increased trade and investment among economies and the growth of new technologies. Outcomes of discussions during the APEC Leaders' week which begins in Sydney on 2 September and culminates with the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM) on 8-9 September will lay an important basis for further growth in the region.
News from the ECSG Chair: Realizing the Potential Benefits of Electronic Commerce in the APEC Region
There are many challenges to designing an adequate policy and regulatory environment for the digital economy, especially in the APEC region which is regarded as being the most dynamic in terms of economic growth.
APEC Addresses Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability
Energy security and environmental sustainability were the main topics for discussion when APEC Energy Ministers, energy sector business leaders and representatives of nongovernmental organizations gathered in Darwin, Australia in May to discuss the region's approach to the issue.
APEC Secretariat Launches Project Management Unit
Significant increases over recent years in the number of APEC capacity-building projects have led to a change in the Secretariat's organizational structure and the implementation of the Project Management Unit.
News from the Chair: Realizing the Human Potential Within the APEC Region - The Human Resource Development Working Group
The Asia-Pacific region is the most productive region in the current global economy but it can only be as strong as the students, workers, and managers that it creates.
APEC Moves Behind the Borders: Taking on Structural Reform
APEC has moved closer to its vision of free and open trade and investment. But APEC economies are not realizing their full potential for mutually beneficial economic integration and improved living standards. Impediments to enhancing growth and convergence in the Asia Pacific region lie both at and behind the border.
Protecting Intellectual Property for SMEs in APEC
Counterfeiters and intellectual property rights pirates are stealing billions of dollars from legitimate rights holders every year in the Asia-Pacific.