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APEC CEO Summit closes, with a hand over to next year’s host Thailand

APEC CEO Summit 2021 Chair Barbara Chapman

12 November 2021

The two day, fully virtual, APEC CEO Summit has come to a close, with New Zealand Chair, Barbara Chapman handing the Summit hosting baton to Thailand’s Dr Poj Aramwattananont.

The CEO Summit is one of the world's biggest business events and is hosted on rotate by one of the region’s 21 economies.

“Next year Thailand takes over as the Chair of APEC and we very much look forward to the possibility of a CEO Summit where delegates may once again be able to meet in person” says Barbara Chapman.

This year the Summit has been a fully virtual event, broadcast from Auckland’s Aotea Centre, with over 1000 delegates tuning in from around the world.

Ms Chapman thanked the APEC CEO Summit Committee and the Executive Director Jonathan Alver and his team who made this unique CEO Summit possible. She congratulated them all on the strong and engaging content which included world leaders, keynote speeches from leading academics, and global CEOs, inspirational New Zealand innovation stories and panel discussions on themes such as the primacy of trust, business as a force for good and the sustainability imperative.

Barbara Chapman acknowledged the support of Knowledge Partner for this year’s CEO Summit, PwC, and Premier Partners: Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft, and Westpac New Zealand.

“This has been a truly compelling two days of content; of innovative and thought-provoking ideas; and important connections” says Barbara Chapman.