National Center for APEC



  • February 24 - March 9, 2018
    First Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM I)
  • April 16 - April 19, 2018
  • May 11 - May 24, 2018
    Second Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM II)
  • July 23 - July 26, 2018
  • August 4 - August 20, 2018
    Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM III)

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Asia-Pacific Mining Sector Study

Asia-Pacific Mining Sector Study

APEC economies are crucial suppliers of mined commodities, with mineral rents for APEC accounting for more than USD $430 billion in 2013. This report outlines the current status and importance of the mining industry in the APEC region, and identifies steps government can take to encourage investment in the mining sector that will contribute to their economies and populace.

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The mining sector makes a vital contribution to the Asia-Pacific region’s economic success, as close to 75 percent of all global mining trade and investment is conducted within the region. APEC’s member economies are significant producers and consumers of minerals and metals and are beneficiaries of the economic activity they create.

Given the importance of this issue regionally, APEC established its Mining Task Force (MTF) in 2007. The MTF’s objective is to facilitate dialogue and coordinate regular exchanges between industry, APEC officials, and Ministers’ Responsible for Mining to promote mining-related trade and investment, encourage sustainability, and deepen community engagement efforts.

Coordinating U.S. Private Sector Priorities

The National Center for APEC's (NCAPEC) membership includes companies with substantial interests in the mining sector. NCAPEC develops annualopportunities for companies to engage with foreign officials, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and private sector counterparts in other economies through annual MTF and Ministerial meetings.

Advancing U.S. Business Priorities in the APEC Business Advisory Council

  • Mining Ministeral Meeting

    Chilean Mining Minister meets with international business delegates, Beijing, China.

    Mining PPD

    Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on Mining.

As the Secretariat for the three U.S. executives who are appointed by the U.S. government to serve on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), NCAPEC works with ABAC representatives to engage in initiatives and dialogues designed to convey the U.S. mining sector’s interests to APEC officials. In 2014, NCAPEC reinvigorated APEC’s mining agenda by orchestrating the first Public-Private Dialogue on Mining with the APEC MTF in Beijing, China, in partnership with the Chinese government. Following the dialogue, executives participated in an in-depth meeting with APEC Mining Ministers focused on mining policy issues. Since 2014, NCAPEC has organized annual Public-Private Dialogues on Mining held on the margins of the MTF, giving companies the opportunity to engage directly with senior mining officials.

As a part of its mining-related work, NCAPEC and ABAC worked with 11 international mining companies to commission the Asia-Pacific Mining Sector Study. This study measured the impact of the mining sector on the regional economy and identified best practices for attracting investment, engaging with local communities, and promoting mining sustainably.

Recent Activities and Engagements

NCAPEC has worked extensively with companies to advance their mining policy priorities in APEC. Most recently, in May 2017, NCAPEC developed and managed the APEC Public-Private Dialogue on Mining, hosting officials from 13 APEC economies alongside members of the U.S. and Asia-Pacific mining industry. The dialogue served as a key channel for U.S companies to raise priority issues with regional mining officials, such as the importance of balanced and transparent mining regulations, community engagement, innovation, and sustainability. NCAPEC also participated in the Mining Task Force meeting and secured speaking opportunities for its members at that meeting.