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'Perseverance, cooperation needed to overcome COVID'

Asia-Pacific business leaders, meeting virtually this week, emphasised the need for perseverance, cooperation, and sound policies, to overcome the health and economic challenges of COVID-19.

13 May 2021

ABAC 2 focused on supporting the COVID response

Representatives from across the Asia-Pacific’s business community met on Tuesday to begin mapping out recommendations to the region’s leaders and ministers.

11 May 2021

2021 APEC app challenge registration opens

The 2021 APEC App Challenge is now inviting talented software developers and designers from 21 APEC member economies to bring forward ideas and innovation that support the revival of the tourism sector.

10 May 2021

Structural reform, regulatory practice and digital implications

In APEC, ‘structural reform’ refers to the set of policy processes designed to address structural or ‘behind-the-border’ barriers in order to improve regional economic integration. 

7 May 2021

Can diplomacy work over a webcam?

SOM Chair Vangelis Vitalis writes about APEC 2021 and the role New Zealand plays. 

7 May 2021

Media registration open for the Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting

Media registration is open for the 2021 APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting (MRT) to be hosted virtually by New Zealand on 4-5 June, 2021. 

29 April 2021

How to hold a virtual APEC

Privacy, time zones, registration, security - holding an entire year of virtual meetings is a complicated process, and New Zealand is in the thick of it at the moment.

21 April 2021

Report highlights value of measuring indigenous economies

“Understanding and Valuing Indigenous Economies within APEC” highlights and reinforces the importance of advancing inclusive economic growth by supporting indigenous economic development in the APEC region.

19 April 2021

The journey of a COVID-19 vaccine

April 7 is World Health Day, and this year, there is one health issue that every person on the globe is aware of or has been affected by: COVID-19 and the vaccine.

7 April 2021

$35,000 prize puts spotlight on a sustainable future

The 2021 APEC Science Prize is accepting nominations for young scientists who are paving the way for a brighter, more sustainable future. 

26 March 2021

Finance officials focus on Covid-19

The recovery from Covid-19 and future fiscal policy was on the minds of the Asia-Pacific’s finance officials during a two-day meeting this week. 

19 March 2021

What is inclusion?

The word inclusion is not new, but it is getting more prominent and frequent.

17 March 2021

Watch the full SOM 1 media conference

On Thursday afternoon, the first virtual media conference of APEC 2021 was held for domestic and international media. 

12 March 2021

APEC senior officials focus on COVID recovery

SOM 1 – a 73-strong series of meetings – concludes tonight with a meeting of senior officials from across the Asia-Pacific.

12 March 2021

SOM 1 - where the hard work begins, after a coffee

SOM 1 is as much of a ballet as it is a cluster of meetings. Vangelis Vitalis choreographs a show involving 21 economies, 1500 officials and 73 meetings.

9 March 2021

APEC NZ #ChooseToChallenge this International Women's Day

This year, the International Women’s Day theme is #ChooseToChallenge which asks the world in 2021 to choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality, and to choose and seek out and celebrate women’s achievements, so that collectively we can all help create an inclusive world.

8 March 2021

'Planting a seed' for indigenous economies

The voices of indigenous economies have been heard in the first meeting of its kind as part of APEC, in what Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta called “pioneering work”.

8 March 2021

APEC’s work for women's economic empowerment

For the last two decades, women’s economic empowerment has been a key pillar of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) work. 

5 March 2021

Media conference registrations closing soon

Media have only a limited time to register to attend the SOM 1 media conference. 

5 March 2021

5 things to watch out for at APEC 2021

Here is a list – in no particular order – of five things to watch out for during this once-in-a-generation event for New Zealand.

16 February 2021

'APEC needs the voice of business'

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told the Asia-Pacific’s business leaders “the challenge for all of us is to make the right choices that enable a rapid; sustainable and inclusive recovery”.

10 February 2021

ABAC talks to focus on Covid-19, and rebuilding

Asia-Pacific business leaders and officials will talk rebuilding and recovery this week.

8 February 2021

Health of economies depends on trade, Minister says

Trade with foreign partners will drive an increase in job numbers, wages and innovation and production, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta says.

5 February 2021

Countdown to SOM 1

The first meeting cluster of New Zealand’s APEC host year begins next week, and will involve close to 1500 policymakers, business leaders and experts.

5 February 2021

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