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The 30th PECC General Meeting


30th PECC General Meeting

Seattle, Washington, USA

15th August 2023, Tuesday
(US Pacific Time)

(As of 14th July 2023)


The U.S. Committee for PECC will organize the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council's (PECC) 30th General Meeting alongside APEC's third senior officials meeting and APEC Digital Month in Seattle, Washington, on August 15, 2023. As an official observer to the APEC process, PECC provides a third-party perspective to the region's biggest challenges. The annual General Meeting is PECC's primary forum for developing strategic perspectives and advice for APEC.

The 2023 General Meeting will explore ways digital tools and new technologies can create innovative solutions to the region's challenges and drive economic growth and discuss questions such as: How can policymakers and the private sector work together to ensure new technologies address shared crises like climate change? How should policymakers encourage the development and uptake of technologies to broaden workforce participation? How can APEC help SMEs leverage their unique markets and insights and use technology to compete in and serve global markets? Sessions will begin in the morning, followed by a PECC lunch with APEC Senior Officials in the early afternoon, a US-PECC and China PECC joint program on green growth cities in the late afternoon, and an evening reception. 


15th August 2023, Tuesday

PECC 30th General Meeting
08:30 - 09:00  Event check-in and coffee
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome and Program Overview
09:05 - 09:25    Opening Remarks
09:25 - 10:20 Digital Solutions to Environmental Challenges and Climate Change
With the adoption of the Putrajaya Vision in 2020, promoting sustainability and addressing climate change have become top APEC priorities. This panel will explore how digital technologies can address climate change challenges and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through maximizing electricity grid efficiency, effectively measuring greenhouse gas emissions, and using artificial intelligence to guide actions and policymaking. Panelists will share examples of digital solutions that are already making a difference in various sectors, such as energy, transportation, manufacturing, and agriculture.


10:20 - 11:15 Technology to Broaden Workforce Participation
As leading generators and adopters of digitally-enabled technologies, Asia-Pacific economies need to mitigate the distruptive effects of new innovations, particularly for marginalized members of their societies. Panelists will explore the impacts of new technologies on workers in the region and how new, digitally-enabled technologies and business models, workforce development programs, and software and services that incorporate accessibility by design can ease workforce transitions and open doors to jobs.
11:15 - 11:35 Coffee Break
11:35 - 12:30 Digital Tools to Enable SME, Access to Global Markets and Services
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) comprised the vast majority of businesses in APEC but face some of the toughest challenges including access new markets, target new customers, automate processes, and improve efficiencies but can also expose companies with limited resources to threats including cyberattacks. In this panel, we will explore how small businesses can leverage digital tools such as cloud, social media, e-commerce, and online marketing to solve existing business problems and stay competititive in a rapidly changing world to sell gooods and services and how policy makers can better-protect mall businesses from cyberattacks.
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch on Generative AI with APEC Senior Officials
The emergence of generative AI technology is reinvigorating discussions about AI's impacts on society, jobs, equity and innovation. In this session, panelist will discuss how generative AI works, the scope of its capabilities, potential applications and the implications for policymakers seeking to maximize the benefits of this technology while mitigating its risks.
U.S. PECC and China PECC Green Growth Cities Program
14:30 - 15:00 Event Check-In and Coffee break
15:00 - 17:00 Welcome and Program Overview
17:00 - 19:00 U.S. & China Shared Experience - Local Leadership for Global Green Growth Cities