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Pandemic must remain our highest priority: Business leaders to APEC Ministers

APEC trade ministers joined the Asia-Pacific business leaders on Friday to hear from the private sector their views toward the forum’s focus on regional economic integration, trade implications resulting from the economic response to COVID-19 and how economies can be made more resilient to future shocks.

5 June 2021

Trade is a weapon against the pandemic

The APEC region produces most of the world’s COVID-19 vaccines. It must also lead the way in their distribution and administration.

1 June 2021

Infographic: COVID-19 calls for resilient supply chains

According to the APEC Policy Support Unit, the pandemic has highlighted the need to build more resilience into global supply chains. 

28 May 2021

Economic growth in the APEC region better than expected

Recovery needs to be inclusive, allowing everyone to participate fully in the economy, latest APEC Regional Trends Analysis says.

27 May 2021

Last call for media registrations

The upcoming APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting on 5 June will focus on supporting the Asia-Pacific region’s economic recovery.

26 May 2021

'APEC should step up cooperation to secure vaccine supply lines'

More than a year into the pandemic, APEC member economies are urged to fast-track trade policy measures and step up cooperation to tackle the ongoing crisis, according to a new policy brief by the APEC Policy Support Unit.

24 May 2021

Making headlines in Australia

Australian media were given a breakfast-briefing by SOM Chair Vangelis Vitalis and High Commissioner Dame Annette King in Canberra. Here’s how they reported it.

19 May 2021

'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

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