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Our objectives for 2021 Ngā Hoaketanga mō 2021

Our objectives for 2021 Ngā Hoaketanga mō 2021

New Zealand leads APEC at a time of unprecedented disruption. Our leadership will be judged on our ability to demonstrate APEC's relevance, both here and abroad.

There has never been a more important time to join together. As we plan for recovery from COVID-19, it is the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) - the most dynamic regional economy in the world - that will help us all rebuild and recover. 

Like never before, the scale of the challenges the world faces today requires a united approach where we work together. We aim to create an environment where connections can be strengthened and APEC’s important work can continue.

The way we respond as a region to today’s challenges will be felt for generations to come. 

We want APEC 2021 to help reignite growth and set a plan for a long-lasting recovery for the entire region. 

This forms the basis of New Zealand's narrative: Join, Work, Grow. Together. Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē.

New Zealand's objectives: 

Lead a collaborative regional response to the economic impact of COVID-19

Hosting APEC in 2021 is a significant opportunity for New Zealand to work with APEC economies to support the region’s response to COVID-19. 

APEC has played an important role in managing crises in the past, like the Asian Financial Crisis and the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). During our host year, New Zealand will seek to play a leadership role in APEC’s response to COVID-19 so it can again step up and support the region’s recovery.

Demonstrate the relevance of APEC

New Zealand is planning to lead the process to develop an action agenda that will implement a new vision, the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, which is the successor to the Bogor Goals from 1994. This vision will shape the Asia Pacific for decades to come. It champions for an "open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community by 2040, for the prosperity of all our people and future generations".

Position NZ as an enabler of digital diplomacy

Hosting the first entirely virtual APEC is an opportunity to show leadership and innovation in the fast-evolving world of digital diplomacy, building on the work of Malaysia, whose host year transitioned from physical to virtual.

We aim to show that we are a creative digital economy, committed to progressing the region's COVID-19 recovery, while promoting both sustainability and equitable access for all participants. 

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In March 2021, two new objectives were added. These objectives are to:

Demonstrate New Zealand’s partnership with Māori and inclusive approach by connecting indigenous peoples to the work of APEC

New Zealand will advance indigenous economic inclusion as a policy priority within APEC and grow indigenous connections by establishing an ‘APEC adjacent stream’ as a platform for Māori to grow their relationships with indigenous peoples on trade & economic matters.  The New Zealand government will also create a partnership model which will enable Māori to shape and influence areas of APEC 21 that are of interest to Indigenous Peoples.

Profile New Zealand to support our trade recovery strategy

New Zealand will leverage our leadership of APEC to showcase New Zealand internationally, enhance our evolving brand and further New Zealand’s broader trade and economic interests to support our COVID-19 response and recovery.  We will profile New Zealand as a trading nation and amplify our reputation as a desirable business partner.

Join, Work, Grow. Together.
Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē.