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Annex A: Survey Respondents


The results of this survey are based on an online or paper questionnaire conducted from 7 to 28 April 2015. A total of 304 opinion-leaders from 25 Asia-Pacific economies, including all 21 APEC members responded to the survey.

The survey is disseminated through PECC member committees who are asked to identify panelists based on their knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region.

As this is a multi-stakeholder survey, the Council’s member committees are asked to identify stakeholders – from business, government and the non-government sectors.

This is not a survey of public opinion but rather, a survey of those whose views influence policy-making, especially at the regional level. As some of the questions tend to be technical, they require a relatively deep knowledge of developments at regional level. This is by no means a reflection of the general views of a population within any sub-region or even economy. However, we do believe that those surveyed include those who are responsible for influencing and often making decisions on various aspects of their economy’s positions within different regional groups.

The profiles of respondents are:

  • Government
    Panelists should be either decision-makers or senior advisors to decision-makers. As a guide, the government respondents in previous years included a number of former and current Ministers, Deputy and Vice-Ministers, Central Bank Governors and their advisors for Asia-Pacific issues, current APEC Senior Officials, and a number of former APEC Senior Officials.
  • Business
    Panelists should be from companies who have operations in a number of Asia-Pacific economies or conduct business with a number of partners from the region. This might include each economy's current ABAC members as well as past ABAC members. In last year's survey, these included CEOs, vice presidents for Asia-Pacific operations, and directors of chambers of commerce.
  • Non-government: Research Community/Civil Society/Media
    Panelists should be well-versed in Asia-Pacific affairs, being the type of people governments, businesses, and the media would tap into to provide input on issues related to Asia-Pacific cooperation. These included presidents of institutes concerned with Asia-Pacific issues, heads of departments, senior professors, and correspondents covering international affairs.

Respondent Breakdown

We do not disaggregate results for each economy but rather by sub-regions – Northeast Asia, North America, Oceania, Pacific South America, and Southeast Asia.

  • North America: Canada, Mexico, and the United States
  • Northeast Asia: China, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and Chinese Taipei
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea
  • Pacific South America: Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru
  • Southeast Asia: Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam

Number of Respondents by Sector

Number of Respondents by Sub-Region

 

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