National Center for APEC



  • January 30, 2018
    NCAPEC Executive Roundtable
  • February 1 - February 4, 2018
    ABAC I
  • February 24 - March 9, 2018
    First Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM I)
  • March 7, 2018
    SOM Dialogue on the Digital Economy
  • March 13 - March 16, 2018
    Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting (FCBDM)

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Giving U.S. Business a Voice in the Asia-Pacific

Giving U.S. Business a Voice in the Asia-Pacific

The National Center for APEC (NCAPEC) is dedicated to advancing the U.S. business community’s views in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. Established in Seattle, Washington in 1994, NCAPEC is the only U.S. business association focused exclusively on facilitating private sector engagement in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) process.

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Under the theme, “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future,” the 2017 Summit brought together APEC Leaders from the world’s most dynamic economies, speakers from the world’s top companies, and over 1,000 CEOs from across the Asia-Pacific region. Attendees gathered November 8-10 in Da Nang, Vietnam, to engage in  discussions, presentations, and dialogues on a wide range of issues that will impact the region’s development, including innovation, entrepreneurship, workforce development, sustainability, and inclusive growth.

The first day of the CEO Summit featured keynote speeches by President of Vietnam Trần Đại Quang and Chairman of the APEC CEO Summit Dr. Vu Tien Loc. Other panels covered issues related to the challenges government and businesses face in a globalized world and efforts to create healthy and skilled workforces. These panels featured senior executives from JP Morgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and Johnson & Johnson, as well as senior representatives from the World Bank, World Economic Forum, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

On the second day of the CEO Summit, senior global stakeholders gathered to discuss top global trade issues, including 21st Century jobs, the digital economy, regional connectivity, and new trends and global perspectives in trade. Senior executives from global companies participated on the day’s panels, including NCAPEC companies Airbnb, Walmart, UL, Citi, FedEx Express, Freeport-McMoran, and UPS. Heads of State from APEC economies, including Peru and Hong Kong, spoke on the future of trade liberalization in the region, and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada Chrystia Freeland spoke on the next era of job-creating technologies. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte also gave a keynote speech.
On the final day of the Summit, several presidents spoke on panels and gave keynote speeches, including Donald Trump, President of the United States; Xi Jinping, President of China; Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand; Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia; Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea; and Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Several senior executives joined Prime Ministers on their respective panels to share their views on key issues, including resources and sustainable development and the power of technology in building global communities. Those executives included Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; Mark Konyn, Group Chief Invest Officer of AIA; and Robert Franklin, President of ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company and Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

You can view additional outcomes from the CEO Summit in this summary, prepared by NCAPEC member company PwC.

*Courtesy of APEC Press Release Nov 11, 2017

The Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the Da Nang Declaration following the 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, chaired by Viet Nam President Trần Đại Quang.

The Da Nang Declaration: Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future reaffirms Leaders’ long-standing commitment to APEC’s mission of supporting sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific. Recognizing the significant challenges the region’s economies face, their Leaders pledge to work together and take the following actions:

  • Promote Innovative Growth, Inclusion and Sustainable Employment
  • Create New Drivers for Regional Economic Integration
  • Strengthen the Capacity and Innovation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Enhance Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change
  • Foster a Shared Future

The Da Nang Declaration also contains two annexes:

  • APEC Action Agenda on Advancing Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion
  • APEC Framework on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age

View the Da Nang Declaration and Annexes

Papua New Guinea (PNG) will take the helm as APEC’s host in 2018. During the Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting (ISOM), held December 5-6 in Port Moresby, PNG APEC officials outlined their priorities for their 2018 host year. PNG has identified the annual APEC theme as, “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.” Key sub-themes will include 1) improving connectivity and deepening regional economic integration; 2) promoting inclusive and sustainable growth; and 3) strengthening inclusive growth through structural reform.

PNG has planned a full slate of activities to be held next year, primarily in Port Moresby. Officials plan to hold several Minister-level meetings, including those on finance, mining, trade, and tourism. These high-level meetings will bring together ministers responsible for each industry in APEC economies, and will likely offer several private-sector engagement opportunities. Other meetings and programs expected to be held throughout the year are listed below:

  • Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM I): February 24 – March 9 (Port Moresby, PNG)
    • Senior Officials’ Dialogue on the Digital Economy: March 7 (Port Moresby, PNG)
  • Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM II): May 11 – May 24 (Port Moresby, PNG)
    • Ministers’ Responsible for Trade Meeting: May 25 –26 (Port Moresby, PNG)
  • Tourism Week and Tourism Ministerial Meeting: May 28 – June 3 (Port Moresby, PNG)
  • Telecommunications Working Group Meeting: June 4 – 5 (Port Moresby, PNG)
  • Senior Finance Officials’ Meeting (SFOM): June 5 – 8 (Kokopo, PNG)
  • Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM III): August 4 – 20 (Port Moresby, PNG) 
    • Food Security Week: August 4 – 10 (Port Moresby, PNG)              
    • High Level Meeting on Health and the Economy: August 11 – 15 (Port Moresby, PNG)     
  • Mining Week and Mining Ministerial: August 23 –27 (Port Moresby, PNG)
  • Women and the Economy Forum: September 3-7 (Port Moresby, PNG)
  • SME Working Group Meeting and SME Symposium: September 12 - 13 (Port Moresby, PNG)
  • Finance Ministers’ Meeting: October 15 – 17 (Port Moresby, PNG)
  • APEC Leaders’ Week: November 12 – 18 (Port Moresby, PNG)
    • Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting (CSOM): November 12 – 13 (Port Moresby, PNG)
    • APEC CEO Summit: November 15 – 17 (Port Moresby, PNG)
    • APEC Ministerial Meeting: November 16 (Port Moresby, PNG)
    • APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting: November 18 (Port Moresby, PNG)

The National Center for APEC’s annual Executive Roundtable brings together senior government and industry representatives from APEC economies for discussions on top trade and economic issues affecting the region.

In 2018, the Executive Roundtable will convene nearly 150 representatives from the U.S. public and private sectors, as well as representatives from business, government, and academic fields from leading APEC economies.

Next year’s Executive Roundtable will focus on APEC in a Changing World. As APEC economies consider how to advance trade in a new era of globalization, we invite you to join us for a wide-ranging discussion on top trade and economic issues facing the Asia-Pacific region. From the United States’ shift away from multilateral trade to the rise of the digital economy, the geopolitical and trade landscapes are changing rapidly.

Join us for NCAPEC’s Annual Executive Roundtable on January 30, 2018 as we discuss these issues and others including e-commerce, finance, health, and sustainability, and consider how APEC can adjust to new priorities and realities in the global trade environment.

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