APEC Trade Ministers share their views on unlocking new sources of trade and how this affects their economies. Click on links below to watch each video.







 Andrew Robb, Minister of Trade and Investment, Australia


 “The focus the Philippines government has brought on micro, small and medium enterprises is very timely. The digital economy around the world, the internet, the e-commerce, all of this is transforming the ability of small, medium and micro-businesses to interact outside their own economy.”




Andres Rebolledo, Director General of International Economic Relations, Chile


 “We are a small economy, but we are a very open economy, we depend on international trade. To participate in APEC for us is very crucial to our trade policies.”




Tim Groser, Minister of Trade, New Zealand


 “In particular, we are looking at the practical issues around the problems small and medium enterprises have in participating in global value chains in the international trading system.”






Charles Abel, Minister for National Planning, Papua New Guinea

“Economies like Papua New Guinea that are resource-rich, we have to make sure these rules allow us to grow sustainable, inclusive, meaningful and long-term economic foundations.”



Magali Silva Velarde Alvarez, Minister of Commerce, Foreign Trade and Tourism, Peru

“95 per cent of our enterprises are SMEs. We consider that the way to help SMEs is to directly foster an export route or export program for them.”


Gregory Domingo, Secretary of Trade and Industry, the Philippines 

“In the case of the Philippines, trade growth has been actually very good…and we expect healthy trade growth to continue.”




John Chen-Chung Deng, Minister of Economic Affairs, Chinese Taipei


 “Trade is very important for Chinese Taipei. We rely on exports to sustain almost 70 per cent of our economy.”





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