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RMIT on the ground at APEC Leaders’ Summit in Da Nang

12 Nov 2017

On 11 November 2017, 21 APEC economy leaders met for the annual APEC Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, to once again discuss ideas and work towards collaborative and inclusive growth in the region.


Leaders at the APEC summit in Da Nang, Vietnam

The Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the Da Nang Declaration following the 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, chaired by Viet Nam President Tran Dai Quang.

The Da Nang Declaration: Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future reaffirms Leaders’ long-standing commitment to APEC’s mission of supporting sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific. Recognizing the significant challenges the region’s economies face, their leaders pledge to work together and take the following actions:

  • Promote Innovative Growth, Inclusion and Sustainable Employment

  • Create New Drivers for Regional Economic Integration 

  • Strengthen the Capacity and Innovation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

  • Enhance Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change

  • Foster a Shared Future

View the Da Nang Declaration and Annexes.

Michael Fairbairn, from RMIT College of Business, attended the Summit to support a team of RMIT MBA students who presented findings of a research report championed by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) on Digital Entrepreneurship across the APEC Region.

Aaron Soans and Lisa Barker from the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT attended the APEC Summit to provide advisory services to the Australian business leaders represented on ABAC: Sir Rod Eddington AO (JP Morgan), Robert Milliner (Wesfarmers) and Tracey Fellows (REA Group).

Robert Milliner, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Australia’s ABAC members were involved in key business dialogues with world leaders in Da Nang, and at the APEC CEO Summit, Robert Milliner moderated a panel session with the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operation Officer, Facebook.

The panel session discussed the challenges of access to technology within the APEC region and the rapid pace of technological change within the region.

Leaders will meet again in Papua New Guinea in 2018 during its APEC chairmanship.

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