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APEC 2021 LIVE with Business: The digital future of the Asia-Pacific

Hosted by Microsoft
4 October 2021

Digital innovation in the APEC region is occurring at the fastest pace on the planet. The region is home to many of the world’s most innovative companies, and digital transformation has been rapidly accelerated due to COVID-19 restrictions. This shift has highlighted the benefits that come with digital trade and demonstrated how digital innovation can create a more inclusive, fairer, and more sustainable economy and society.

For New Zealand, the digital economy is New Zealand’s third-largest export sector and is generating rapid change in more traditional sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, banking, and energy. Other high-tech industries, such as the space industry, are heavily leveraging digital technologies and data analytics to push the boundaries of human exploration of the universe.

In Thailand – next year’s APEC host – the pandemic has driven rapid digital adoption in business. The government is focused on digital transformation to provide greater access to the digital economy and is exploring investment opportunities to promote Thailand as a digital hub in the region. 
This APEC LIVE with Business session will focus on domestic and international digital policy, developments shaping digital trade, and how access to digital technologies can help create more inclusive and sustainable economic growth across the Asia-Pacific region.

Our speakers and panellists 

MC and moderator
Jehan Casinader, award-winning New Zealand journalist.

Microsoft NZ
Vanessa Sorenson, Managing Director Microsoft New Zealand.

Panel discussion

  • Dr David Clark, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, New Zealand
  • Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Thailand
  • Anna Curzon, Chief Product Officer Xero and ABAC NZ member
  • Mike Yeh, Asia Vice-President, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft


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