PBEC Calendar Events for 2015

2-3 Nov 2015: Asia Pacific Business Forum (Bangkok, Thailand)

10-12 Nov 2015: 7th World Chinese Economic Forum (London, UK)

16 Nov 2015: PBEC AGM and Leadership Breakfast (Manila, Philippines)

16 Nov 2015: PBEC Media Conference to launch the PBEC Guide to Regional Trade Agreements (Manila, Philippines)

16-18 Nov 2015: APEC CEO Summit 2015 (Manila, Philippines)

26 Nov 2015: APAC Innovation Summit 2015 Series-Advanced Materials (Hong Kong)









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PBEC membership is comprised of senior business leaders with interests in Asia Pacific.

Engaged and committed to expanding trade and investment in the region, PBEC members forge business relationships and address emerging issues most likely to affect the development of our globalized economies.

PBEC’s multinational membership includes senior executives from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, The Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and the United States.


To best service our members’ interests, PBEC has identified cross-sector issues and developed policy recommendations in:

  • Trade, Finance, and Economic Development
  • Human Capital Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Infrastructure Development and Maintenance

PBEC Launches Chapter in Shanghai

Generous host and PBEC Director David Nieh (front row left) with guests at dinner following the launch of PBEC’s latest Chapter in Shanghai.

PBEC Chairman, Dr. Wilfred Wong and Director David Nieh  with leading member Crystal Jiang launch chapter in Shanghai on 28 August 2015.


PBEC signs MOU with International IP Commercialization Council (IIPCC)

Johnson Kong, Board of Governors, IIPCC with PBEC Director Bernard Pouliot at the signing ceremony on 4 June 2015

IIPCC’s Board of Governors and its HK Chapter management celebrating with Deborah Biber, PBEC CEO following the signing ceremony


PBEC Director Bernard Pouliot interviewed by World Finance

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PBEC Singapore Visit


PBEC Chairman Dr Wilfred Wong Ying Wai meeting with Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean - 5 January 2015





PBEC Chairman Dr Wilfred Wong with Member Stephen Riady, Deputy Chairman, Lippo Group - 5 January 2015 on the balcony of ME@OUE in Singapore



PBEC Chairman Wilfred Wong interviewed on CCTV

PBEC Chairman Dr. Wilfred Wong expressed the importance of unrestricted free trade area in Asia Pacific region for businesses across the region. Click below to play interview.



PBEC Launches Policy Initiatives at APEC Leader's Week in Beijing

PBEC launched several policy positions at the APEC CEO Summit in Beijing, November 2014.

Policy Statement: PBEC Calls on APEC Leaders to Chart a Clear Course towards FTAAP (English version) (Chinese version)

Policy Statement: Greater Talent Mobility Urgently Needed – PBEC Calls on APEC to Address Three Key Issues (English version) (Chinese version)

Press Release: Business Calls for APEC to accelerate FTAAP and calls for Talent Mobility Liberalization (English version) (Chinese version)


The PBEC media summary report is available for download HERE

The PBEC press clippings report is available for download HERE


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PBEC Co-Organize the Horasis Global China Meeting

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On 13-14 October 2014, the 10th Horasis Global China Business Meeting took place at Lake Como, Italy. The event gathered a collective audience of 300 entrepreneurs and government officials. The Meeting was organised by Horasis in partnership with The European House – Ambrosetti, the China Federation of Industrial Economics and the Lombardy Region.

The 2014 Global China Business Meeting set out to highlight China’s economic future against a background of profound global challenges. China is making an important contribution to the world economy – it has been a source of dynamism in a weak and hesitant global recovery

PBEC Chairman and Horasis co-Chair Mr. Wilfred Wong addressed the audience and encouraged Chinese entrepreneurs to recognize and harness the momentum created by global opportunities with business models that fulfil the expectations of global markets,’

PBEC members Mr. Anson Chan and Mr. Colin Hill discuss the strategies needed to hedge against various kinds of risk in doing business in China.

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MexCham and PBEC Create Pacific Business Alliance

Hong Kong Thursday 3 April 2014: Today the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and the Mexican Chamber of Commerce (MexCham) signed a Memorandum of Co-operation signifying a new era in trade and business connections across the Pacific Rim and the active Mexican business community in Hong Kong.

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PBEC co-organize the Horasis Global Russia Meeting

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PBEC co-organized the Horasis the fifth Global Russia Business Meeting in Valencia, Spain on 6-7 April 2014. The meeting was co-hosted by the City of Valencia and supported by several Russian business organizations. The Global Russia Business Meeting is one of the foremost annual gatherings of leaders in business and government to share visions on opportunities in Russia and the world at large.

At this pivotal time, the Global Russia Business Meeting convened about 300 senior executives to take a practical look at what policies and strategies can support the aspirations of Russian firms. The meeting provided an opportunity for an in-depth dialogue between Russian and global business leaders.

Global Russia co-Chair and PBEC Chairman Emeritus Dr. Vachara Phanchet discuss the changing economic climate with Horasis Chairman Dr. Frank Richter.

PBEC Director Krestine Corbin at the PBEC sponsored nightcap mixer following the opening gala dinner.

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PBEC Speaker Series

PBEC Leading Speaker Series - Dinner 13 Jan 2014

Competition and Competitiveness: The Challenge for Asia

Join us for an intimate evening of meaningful discussion about one of the most compelling issues of the day … Competition in Asia. The Global Financial Crisis and its aftermath have created a new normal with slower economic growth, disruptions to trade, battered financial systems, and policy uncertainty in major economies. Competition has become tougher and improving competitiveness has become more important than ever before.

As others have faltered, Asia has been a comparative bright spot, and the world is looking to Asia to be a prime engine of economic growth. However, there is good reason to believe that the next phase of Asia’s development may be more difficult than the last.

Asia will have to generate more of its own demand than has been the case previously. Only a few Asian economies have moved beyond the middle income level and the reality is that Asian economies are far less competitive than traditional competitiveness indices would lead us to believe. Well-trained people are in short supply, governance structures need improvement, regional economic integration is limited, and Asian financial systems remain, on average, underdeveloped.

The key question is how economies in Asia can prosper in this challenging environment.

Professor Michael Enright, a leading expert on Asia’s development, and a leading adviser to governments, corporations, and multilateral agencies, will address what Asia needs to do to improve competitiveness and meet the new competitive challenges.

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