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: APEC & ABAC upcoming meetings

PBEC was delighted to have achieved a coup at its recent Annual Dialogues Summit 2022 in hosting the outgoing APEC Thailand 2022 Chair representatives and the incumbent APEC USA Chair for 2023 together only 24 hours after APEC 2022 had concluded. A big thank you to the following speakers who were able to attend our PBEC Summit and share their first-hand views and observations as well as glimpse into the year ahead, having just gotten back from attended either the…

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: Review of PBEC Annual Dialogues Summit 2022

The Pacific basin Economic Council (PBEC) is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year since its establishment, in lieu of which we just concluded our Annual Dialogues Summit today which was held over 2.5 days from the 22-24 November 2022, virtually over zoom events. We wish to express a special thanks to our Platinum Sponsors KPMG, OUE and BitMEX. PBEC assembled 75 business, Government, Non-Government and academic leaders from across the globe, but in particular from the 21 Member States of…

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: Bangkok Goals on Bio-Circular-Green Economy

Recalling the Putrajaya Vision 2040, APEC reiterates our commitment to pursuing strong, balanced, secure, sustainable and inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC is determined to continue advancing its sustainability objectives in a bold, responsive, and comprehensive manner to address the heightened economic and environmental challenges and disruptions facing the region, building on our commitments in the Putrajaya Vision 2040 and the actions set out in the Aotearoa Plan of Action (APA), for the prosperity of all our people and…

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: 2022 Leaders’ Declaration

  We, the Economic Leaders of APEC, met in-person for the first time in four years in Bangkok on 18-19 November 2022. We continue the implementation of the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, including through the Aotearoa Plan of Action. This year, under the APEC theme “Open. Connect. Balance.”, we advance work through three priorities: to be open to all opportunities, connected in all dimensions, and balanced in all aspects, to advance long-term robust, innovative and inclusive economic growth as well…

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: Statement by Vice President Kamala Harris on Selection of San Francisco as Host City for 2023 APEC Leaders Meeting

USA Vice President Kamala Harris announces San Francisco as the host city of APEC Leaders Meeting & CEO Summit in the week commencing 12th November as the new Chair of APEC 2023. It is my pleasure to announce that, as part of the United States’ 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Host Year, we will convene the APEC Leaders Meeting in San Francisco, California, the week of November 12. President Biden and I look forward to welcoming APEC Leaders to San Francisco next year…

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: Remarks by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the Global Forum on IP held in Singapore – Sep 2022

Speech: Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Source: United Stated Patent and Trademark Office – inclusive innovation. Abstract The Indo-Pacific is home to more than half of the world’s people, and nearly two-thirds of the world’s economy. It is a crucial part of the global value chain in many important technologies and industries. It is a growing export destination for U.S.-made goods and services. And the United States is the number-one destination…

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: Policy Options for Decarbonising Transportation in APEC – Published Sep 2022

A report by Daniel Sperling, Gil Tal, Scott Hardman, Glacer Niño Vasquez and Emmanuel A. San Andres Source: APEC Policy Support Unit Policy brief No.48 Abstract Climate change is an existential threat to the APEC region. In their 2021 declaration, APEC Leaders made the commitment to ‘leverage APEC’s role as an incubator of ideas and capacity building to tackle climate change’ and ‘integrate action on climate change across relevant APEC workstreams. Transportation is a large part of the challenge, accounting…

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: Knock-Knock: The Sustainability Auditors Are Here

It won’t be long before you have an appointment with the Sustainability auditors, especially if you serve large customers in sensitive industries like medical and pharma. #sustainability  I interviewed a molder this week for an upcoming article, and he voiced something that a number of you may be experiencing – and others will soon, no doubt.  “They have a whole team asking sustainability questions now. Most of our machines are all-electric now, saving energy. Our paperboard boxes are 100% recycled…

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: Photo Competition for APEC 2022 Thailand

PBEC Community is invited to participate and share its creative ideas and moments that have been made easy as digitalization sweeps through the region and all over the world. Through technology, photos and videos are uploaded onto the internet and they instantly appear on millions of phones and computer screens. Increasingly through digital initiatives, PBEC continues to drive its advocacy efforts to build prosperity for people in the Asia-Pacific region. For this year’s APEC Photo Contest, they are seeking creative…