We aim to lead positive and sustainable change in the Asia Pacific through expert advice, knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Our impacts are strong and wide ranging.
Over 2,000 people across the Asia Pacific have participated in our workshops, building skills and understanding across a range of areas including policy reform, women’s economic empowerment, digital trade, services and investment.
We partnered with Papua New Guinea to establish their first APEC study centre, and collaborated with them to deliver the 2018 APEC Study Centre Consortium Conference for their year as APEC host.
We’ve supported 40 women from Asia Pacific’s developing countries to complete research in Australia, one of many women’s economic empowerment activities we have and continue to undertake.
Our annual lecture has seen the likes of Penny Wong, Julie Bishop, David Murray AO and Steven Ciobo discuss their views on Australia’s most critical trade issues and priorities.
We’ve partnered with the Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC) to address financial inclusion issues across the Asia Pacific region.
Through running three years of capacity building programs examining good regulatory policy for services sectors in APEC, we developed the APEC Compendium, which formed the basis of the APEC Services Roadmap.
We’ve improved the capacity of officials in APEC and ASEAN economies to implement trade policy outcomes that support open and competitive markets in the region, through the design and delivery of more than 30 trade policy training programs over the last decade.
We provided research and analysis for the Australian Government to advance APEC’s thinking on an eventual Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP), contributing to APEC's Collective Strategic Study on Issues Related to the Realisation of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).
We supported APEC’s Environmental Services Action Plan for more open services in the region through research for the APEC Policy Support Unit. Read the Centre’s Survey on Regulatory Requirements in Environmental Services here.
We formed the Regional Investment Analytical Group (RIAG) in 2015 after identifying a gap in the use and availability of investment data for APEC and ASEAN economic policy makers. RIAG continues to have an influential role in enhancing economic investment in the region by making data and quantitative reports more easily accessible to leaders and officials.
Our work within the digital trade space has informed ABAC’s recommendations to APEC leaders, while also building capacity across the region in blockchain, digital trade issues, regulation and inclusion.
We’ve drafted over 25 letters to the Prime Minister for Australia’s APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) members, detailing the most pressing business issues across the Asia Pacific and recommending actions.
We’ve attended over 30 ABAC associated meetings, negotiating Australian inputs including for Leaders’ statements.
Over the last seven years, we’ve supported Australia’s ABAC members through secretariat services, including helping to champion reform of ABAC priority setting processes and communications with Leaders, Ministers and Officials.
We hosted the third meeting of ABAC in 2015, bringing over 650 government officials, industry, ABAC members and academics to Melbourne for four days. This provided industry with the opportunity to engage in major policy issues in the region.
We’ll host the first meeting of ABAC for 2020 in Sydney, reinforcing Australia’s respected position within APEC.