APEC works toward food and energy security
Fears of global food insecurity have returned with a vengeance. In March, the United Nations World Food program warned that global food reserves were at their lowest level in thirty years and that the world must act quickly to prevent shortages. In the last two months alone the price of rice has shot up 75%, while wheat prices over the last year have risen 120%.
Thai Information and Communications Technology Minister's Opening Remarks to the 7th APEC Ministerial Meeting on Telecommunications and the Information Industry
Thailand's Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Dr. Mun Patanotai, provided opening remarks to the 7th APEC Ministerial Meeting on Telecommunications and Information Industry which opened today in Bangkok.
Travel and Tourism: Good as Gold
When it comes to reliable long-term investment, tourism may just be "the new gold". While it's true that nothing is ever certain, trends suggest that the tourism industry will continue to flourish in coming years - even in difficult times.
Keep it Simple: Why Little Things are Actually Huge
The most sophisticated economies are looking back to the basics. Tourism has long been recognized as a good source of revenue. But now - in a time when returns are greater than ever - the need for a more inclusive and comprehensive approach is critical.
Results That Count: Workshop on Government Performance and Results Management
Chinese Taipei and New Zealand have co-sponsored the two-day Workshop on Government Performance and Results Management (WGPRM), starting today.
Outcomes for APEC 2007
In 2007, APEC returned to Australia where the first APEC Ministerial Meeting was held in 1989. A strong agenda developed by Senior Officials and Ministers during the year culminated in significant outcomes at the Sydney Leaders Meeting in September, with adoption of a Climate Change Declaration, a strongstatement on the WTO Doha Development agenda, a major report on Regional Economic Integration - including further work on options for a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), and key reforms to strengthen the institutions of APEC.
APEC Revitalizes Logo
The APEC Secretariat undertook an exercise in 2007 to refresh the APEC logo, the most visible expression of the forum's branding and corporate identity.
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.