APEC Economic Leaders approved the “APEC Connectivity Framework” in Bali in 2013, pledging to “reach a seamlessly and comprehensively connected and integrated Asia-Pacific through the pillars of physical connectivity, institutional connectivity and people-to-people connectivity”. The 2014 Beijing APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting endorsed the “APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025”, which called on the APEC economies to take agreed actions and meet agreed targets to strengthen the tri-pillar connectivity by 2025. Last year, APEC Economic Leaders re-affirmed the above-mentioned commitment in Manila.
Fully recognizing its pivotal role in promoting economic growth and sustainable development, many regional organizations and economies have taken their own connectivity-related initiatives apart from or even prior to the APEC’s Blueprint. ASEAN formulated its Master Plan on Connectivity in 2010, which has made considerable progress and h...
Dr. Vo Tri Thanh is the new Chair for the Vietnamese committee for PECC. Dr. Vo is currently the senior expert of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM).
Dr. Vo mainly undertakes research and provides consultation on issues related to trade liberalization and international economic integration and macroeconomic policies. His other areas of interests include institutional reforms, financial system and economic development. He has received a bachelor of science from the Moscow State University, and a master's degree and PhD in economics from the Australian National University.
He takes over the position from Mr. Vu Tien Loc, former VNCPEC Chair.
Development of ports and new maritime routes are crucial elements to enhance connectivity and opportunities for economic growth in the Asia-Pacific. The region’s economies depend heavily on maritime trade enabled by reliable, efficient and cost-effective shipping.
This project is led by the France (Pacific Territories) committee for PECC (FPTPEC) and it consists of a set of three seminars. It focuses on the contribution of the maritime dimension to intra-regional connectivity, sustainability and drivers of growth for the PECC economies and small island states. Under the broad theme of ‘Managing the Blue Economy,’ priority attention has been given to factors leading to the emergence of new trade flow patterns, the associated trade routes, and optimization of port operation capabilities to cope with the ups and downs in trade volumes and tourism throughout the region.
The third and final seminar in the ‘Blue Economy’ series will be held on 5-7 December 2016. Following on from the...Read more...
Mr. Pascal Lamy has been appointed the new chair of FPTPEC in a letter from the French Prime Minister Mr. Manuel Valls, dated August 30, 2016.
Mr. Lamy was the Director General of World Trade Organization (WTO) during 2005-2013 and the European Commissioner for Trade during 1999-2004 under the European Commission President Mr. Romano Prodi. He is currently the President emeritus of the European Institute Jacques Delors in Paris as well as the Commissioner in charge of preparing the bid for Paris to host the 2025 World Expo.
Mr. Lamy began his career in the French civil service at the General Inspectorate of Finance and at the Treasury. In 1981 he became advisor of the Minister of Economy and Finance, Jacques Delors, then Deputy Head of Prime Minister’s Pierre Mauroy cabinet in 1983. Between 1982 and 1994, Pascal Lamy was Head of the President of the European Commission’s Cabinet, Jacques Delors, and its sherpa at the G-7. He succeeds Mr. Michel Rocard, the former Prime Min...Read more...
Co-organized by 2016 APEC SOM (Senior Official Meeting) Chair's Office (Peru) and PECC
[Photo credit: Courtesy of APEC Secretariat]
In 1994, APEC’s Economic Leaders committed to achieve the goal of free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific by no later than 2020. Less than five years before this deadline, APEC finds itself within an increasingly crowded international architecture and operating in a more complex and dynamic region. Combined, these factors not only compel us to boost our efforts to achieve the Bogor Goals, but also to start developing a post-2020 vision that identifies and anchors itself in APEC’s unique value-add. 2020, an iconic year for APEC, therefore presents an opportunity to redefine and reinforce APEC’s role. And to get this right by 2020, we need to start the conversation now.
Peruvian Vice President Mercedes Araoz delivered a keynote speech at the Dialogue and acknowledged having been part of PECC's Trade Policy Forum to work on C...Read more...
State of the Region 2015-2016 (pdf, 898KB)
Can Asia transform international investment law?
Stephan W. Schill, Professor, University of Amsterdam
Inclusive Trade and Regional Integration in Asia-Pacific
John West, AUSPECC
APEC 2016: The Role and Influence of Latin America
Camilo Pérez-Restrepo, Professor in Asia-Pacific Studies; Deputy Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Studies Center at Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
Promoting Inclusiveness of Mega FTAs for Advancing Asia-Pacific Regional Economic Integration
Chien Fu-Lin, President, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research; Chair, CTPECC
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement as a Vehicle for Revitalizing the Japanese Economy and Rebuilding the World Trade Regime
Shujiro Urata, Faculty Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (REITI)
Trade Agreements are in ASEAN's best interest
Sanchita Basu Das, Yusof Ishak Institute of Southeast Asian Studies