Established in Seattle, Washington in 1994, the National Center for APEC (NCAPEC) is the only U.S. business association focused exclusively on facilitating private sector engagement in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization. Led by a board of approximately 45 U.S. companies with a strong interest in the growth and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific, NCAPEC works to advance U.S. private sector policy priorities in APEC's discussions on trade and economic issues. NCAPEC also serves as the Secretariat to the U.S. members of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the official mechanism for private sector input in APEC.
"Close cooperation between our government and the private sector is indispensable to ensuring our work in the APEC forum serves the needs of American businesses and workers. Since 1994, just after APEC was first hosted by the United States, the National Center for APEC has played an integral role in bringing the public and private sectors together in this vital effort."Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
"Twenty-five years of APEC and twenty years of the National Center have done an extraordinary job of really defining the possibilities for the future."John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States of America
"The National Center for APEC has been a consistent voice on behalf of the U.S. private sector in the APEC process and I am certain it will continue to be so for the foreseeable future."Senator Max Baucus, Chairman, Senate Finance Committee
"The National Center for APEC is bipartisan. Republican and Democratic administrations alike have recognized that the Asia-Pacific region will be the engine of global growth and prosperity in the 21st century. The smart ones never miss a chance to meet with NCAPEC's members in conjunction with the APEC Summit. I was always particularly impressed with the caliber of its membership and the substantive quality of our discussions."Ambassador Susan Schwab, Former United States Trade Representative
"For 20 years the National Center for APEC has been the voice of U.S. business in APEC. Backed by a long and distinguished list of Board Members including many of America's most dynamic and innovative companies, the future looks bright for NCAPEC and for U.S. business in the Asia-Pacific."Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Joint Economic Committee, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health, and former Co-Chair of the House APEC Caucus
"Over the past 20 years, the National Center for APEC has played a critical role in U.S. engagement and success within the APEC process."Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Former U.S. Trade Representative
"The National Center for APEC has become a shining example of how to coordinate both public and private sector financial and human resources in order to advance and spread new technologies and to put in place mechanisms which better the lives of their citizens throughout APEC."Victor Menezes, Retired Senior Vice Chairman, Citigroup and Chairman, National Center for APEC.