IAP Peer Reviews: APEC Member Economies Make Progress
Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Chinese Taipei, recently completed peer reviews. These are the plans each economy develops to advance progress towards APEC's goals of free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.
News from the SCCP Chair: Customs Administrations Working Together to Secure and Facilitate Trade in the APEC Region
APEC member economies agreed to make further progress on the implementation of the APEC Framework for Secure Trade at the recent meeting of the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP) held in Canberra, Australia.
Trading Ideas Symposium Brings Together Leaders in IP
The recent Trading Ideas Symposium in Sydney brought together leading figures in Intellectual Property (IP) policy development from around the world. Tackling issues such as IP piracy and counterfeiting and dealing with the global patent backlogs were among the main topics discussed at a range of practical, interactive sessions and a roundtable meeting.
Data Protection Advances in APEC
Cross-border information flows between economies around the Pacific Rim are dramatically increasing in volume as IT businesses globalize their information processing services via the Internet.
APEC's Regional Movement Alert System - Enhancing Regional Air Travel Security
APEC economies share an estimated 3 million lost and stolen passports, presenting -- from the point of view of criminals and terrorists -- "opportunities" to exploit the vulnerabilities of border control systems. Until now it has been possible to travel with stolen or lost passports simply by avoiding travel to the economy that issued the passport.
APEC to Consider the Feasibility of a Free Trade Area in the Asia Pacific
Faced with the ongoing challenge to meet the Bogor Goals, difficult WTO/DDA negotiations in 2007, and the proliferation of regional trade arrangements and free trade agreements (RTAs/FTAs), business leaders have called on APEC Leaders to develop trade and investment alternatives in the Asia-Pacific region.
A Conversation with Ambassador Colin Heseltine
Appointed on January 1, 2007 as the Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat, Ambassador Colin Heseltine assumes the Secretariat's leadership position during a time of transition for this multilateral forum.
Letter from the Executive Office of the APEC Secretariat
Free and open trade and investment remained a top priority for APEC in 2006. Member economies continued to meet the challenge of sustaining economic development through open and transparent markets. We remained committed to economic reform which has transformed our economies by boosting productivity and growth.
APEC Anti-Corruption Initiative: Half-Way Home But A Long Way To Go
We know that corruption is a serious threat to good governance and deters investment, and that fighting corruption is essential to the proper development of economic and legal systems both within the APEC region and globally. Working to prevent and combat corruption, including assurances for transparency, is indispensable to strengthening the integrity of enforcement and likelihood for investment.
APEC Starts Work on Improving Public Sector Governance
While economic and political systems vary across APEC member economies, delegates agreed at a seminar in Da Nang, Viet Nam on the importance of good public sector governance that can strengthen the voice of voters and taxpayers.