What is the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)?

ABAC is a leading regional forum for public-private sector collaboration on policy issues of importance to the Asia Pacific region.

ABAC membership comprises of up to three business leaders from each APEC economy with members appointed by the Leaders of each economy.


The ABAC Members meet four times a year in various APEC economies, and represent a wide range of business sectors, including large corporations and small to medium enterprises.


ABAC compiles a series of recommendations in an annual Report to Leaders, which is presented to APEC Leaders prior to their annual APEC Leaders' Meeting. Also during this time, an annual private dialogue is convened between the ABAC Members and the APEC Leaders. This meeting provides an opportunity to ABAC Members to raise key issues, discuss the recommendations in detail and set priorities for the future. 

ABAC 1 2020


2020 is a landmark year for APEC. The 1994 APEC Bogor Goals reach their deadline and a new vision for future regional integration and cooperation will be negotiated. Sydney has been selected by Malaysia, the 2020 APEC host, as the location for the first ABAC meeting of this important year. The Sydney ABAC meeting will bring ABAC members representing all 21 APEC countries together for high level policy discussions with industry, ministers, senior government officials from Australia and around the region, and regional and international organisations.


ABAC 1 2020 will be from 12 – 15 February.

If you have any queries please contact Kim Nguyen at kim@apec.org.au.

ABAC Australia


We are proud to support the Australian ABAC Members — and through them, the wider business community — in providing advice to the APEC Economic Leaders on the priorities and concerns of the business community within the region. 

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ABAC 2020

Key meeting dates


12-15 February, Sydney, Australia


1-4 April, Manila, Philippines


27-30 July, Vancouver, Canada


5-8 November, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Australian APEC Study Centre
RMIT University
Building 69
50 Cardigan Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Acknowledgement of country  
The AASC at RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.  
The AASC would also like to acknowledge and extend our respects to the Indigenous people from across the lands we work, particularly the 21 economies of the Asia Pacific.  
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