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: Suzuran Medical Inc. (Japan) joins PBEC as Corporate Member – Feb 2023

Suzuran Medical Inc. started the manufacture and sale of cotton bedding over 180 years a go, the company has always dealt with cotton. Using this natural fiber as a base, Suzuran are pushing forward with research into cotton to help assist in humanity’s bright future. Expanding from its unique experience with such products in the medical world, they have taken the same dedication to customer benefits into their baby, hygiene, and cosmetic products. Suzuran Medical’s President is Yasuhiro Kunieda, born…


: SUSTAINABLE TRADE- The rising role of services in global trade – Feb 2023

Author: Patrick Low Senior Fellow – Asia Global Institute It has become fashionable to argue that globalization is in decline. The picture is more nuanced, however. While trade in manufactures as a proportion of overall economic activity appears to have peaked in some countries, the growth of trade in services as a proportion of GDP has certainly not slowed. The future of services trade in global value chains A recent series of papers by Richard Baldwin argued that globalization and…

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: 2023 APEC Theme and Priorities – Feb 2023

Under the theme “Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All,” USA Chairing APEC2023 plan to build a more interconnected, innovative, and inclusive APEC region. Through its APEC 2023 host year, the USA seek to further U.S. economic engagement with the region.  Regular exchanges among governments, business leaders – including through the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) – and other stakeholders such as PECC and PBEC are critical to ensuring that APEC is delivering pragmatic solutions to the key challenges facing U.S. workers and…

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: PBEC CEO visits Vietnam and sits down with local members, first time in 3 years – Feb 2023

PBEC CEO Michael Walsh took the opportunity to visit some of the PBEC members in HCMC and Hanoi on his recent trip to Vietnam over the Chinese & Tet New Year 2023. “I had the chance to sit down with KPMG Chairman and CEO Warrick Cleine of Vietnam and Cambodia at their office in HCMC. It was lovely to have this opportunity to sit down together and share each others views on the hot issues and areas of focus for…


: ABAC Meeting announcement 2023

APEC Business Advisory Council – ABAC I to be held on 12-14 February 2023 at the Cordis Auckland, New Zealand. Latest details revealed by our colleague & friend of PBEC Stephen Jacobi at Tradeworks. Link to PR:

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: APEC Rolls out Priorities for 2023: Issued by the Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting Honolulu, The United States, 13 December 2022.

Under the theme “Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All,” the United States emphasized its commitment to drive forward work on key issues such supply chain resilience, digital trade, connectivity, opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises, climate change and environmental sustainability.


: Highlights of the APEC Business Advisory Council Report 2022 by WAIFC

Background to November 2022 Annual Dialogue Recommendations In late October, the Business Advisory Council presented its recommendations to the group chairman for onward transmission to the member countries’ economic leaders.  In addition, many drafting participants presented the document formally to their heads of government; the proceedings of APEC’s annual dialogue take place at that highest intergovernmental level, and so it was for this year’s attendance at that venue. APEC in Action 2022 APEC’s continuing working groups will focus on the…


: Peru strengthens its relationship with Asia-Pacific at the meeting of APEC ministers and leaders.

The ministerial declaration and the joint declaration of APEC Economic Leaders were approved, as well as the framework of the Bangkok goals on the Bio-Circular-Green Economy. Peru 🇵🇪 is pleased & honoured to announce it will Chair & host APEC 2024 following APEC USA Chair in 2023. We look forward to working closely with the USA over the course of the next 12 months in the lead-up to taking over the Chair. Read more here:


: The Future Of Work In The Digital Economy – Technology, Education, Talent And Training

Dear PBEC Members, I am pleased to share a wonderfully insightful recording of the LIVE dialogue session PBEC moderated on “The Future of Work in the Digital Economy – Technology, Education, Talent and Training”, at the recent hybrid World Digital Economy and Technology Summit co-organised by the PBEC and hosted by the KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific at the Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 28-29 June 2022. From a PBEC perspective we are interested in three main trends being observed across Asia Pacific. The final share…


: Dr. Alan Bollard appointed as the new Chair for NZPECC

Dear PBEC Members, This is to inform you that Dr. Alan Bollard has been appointed as the new Chair for NZPECC and Dr. Robert Scollay as Vice Chair for NZPECC. PBEC as a Standing Committee Board member of PECC welcomes both Dr. Alan Bollard & Dr. Robert Scollay and thanks Mr. Brian Lynch for his service and immense contributions. Bio for Dr. Alan Bollard Currently, Dr. Bollard is the Chair of the Infrastructure Commission, Chair of the cross-university Centres for…