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...
The new President of Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Dr. Jung Taik Hyun was inaugurated as the Chair of KOPEC on June 28th 2016.
Before joining KIEP, he served as a Senior Secretary for Policy Coordination at the Blue House, Vice Chairman of National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC), Vice Minister at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF), Chairman of Korea Trade Commission, Professor of Department of International Trade and Regional Studies at Inha University, and President of Korea Development Institute (KDI).
He received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University, M.B.A. from Sloan School of Management at MIT, and B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University.
Ambassador Jose Antonio Bellina Acevedo has been appointed the new chair for Peru committee for PECC. He is currently the General Director of Asia and Oceania at the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Previously he has served as Ambassador of Peru to Canada (2010-2015), Vice-Minister for Defense Policies at the Ministry of Defense (2008-2010), Director General for International Affairs at the Ministry of Defense (2006-2008), and Director General for Security and Defense Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006). He has also served as the Head of Mission to the Embassy of Peru in Panama (2001-2006) and as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Peru in Argentina (1996-1999). He graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Peru in 1976 and is a member of the Institute for International Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.Read more...
Hon. Michel Rocard, Chair of France (Pacific Territories) committee for PECC (2001-2016) and former prime minister of France (1988-1991) lost his battle to cancer and passed away at the age of 85 on July 2nd 2016 in Paris. He is survived by his wife and four children.
As an ardent supporter of regional integration and cooperation, as the Chair of FPTPEC, he devoted much energy to encourage and promote the work of PECC to the French authorities and abroad. He has always demonstrated an acute interest particularly in sustainable development issues, and the social aspects of globalization.
He also served as the Minister of Territorial Development in 1981 to 1983 followed by Minister of Agriculture in 1983 to 1985, both under President Mitterrand. From 1994 to 2009, he served as a member of the European Parliament.
One of his immediate achievements upon assuming his post as the Prime Minister was the negotiation of Matignon Accords that brought truce between the separatists and loyalists ...
The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) in cooperation with the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) organized a policy dialogue on behalf of the APEC Group on Services to explore the ways in which technology is changing how companies deliver services; and the way in which the policy and regulatory environments in which these companies operate need to respond to these changes.
Watch video from the workshop (YouTube)
The event brought together entrepreneurs in the technology sector with regulators, policy-makers and experts to understand the opportunities brought by the digital revolution and how to expand services trade and investment.
The purpose of the Workshop was to:
• Understand how changes in technology are opening up new markets for services, as well as goods;
• Consider the extent of opportunities for business to expand trade by utilizing new technologies;
• Consider the cross-cutting nature of the digital economy and consider government policy reforms to maximize the be...
PECC Statement for APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) | Arequipa, Péru | May 2016
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