Strengthening regional economic integration and prosperity across Asia and the Pacific is the Centre’s driving purpose.
We have an enviable record in designing and delivering tailored training programs and capacity building programs for government,
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Explore our centre's policy work, as well as other work relevant to the APEC Australia agenda.
APEC policy report
Graduate students from RMIT University prepared a report for ABAC on applications of blockchain technology to support APEC trade facilitation initiatives.
Remote area development is an emerging topic of interest within the APEC region.
This report, commissioned by ABAC Australia, provides an overview of alternative payments technologies emerging in APEC and discusses their potential for accelerating financial inclusion.
APERC's Outlook aims to support APEC economies in achieving their stated energy goals as they continue to develop and grow, while also informing about recent energy trends in the region.
APEC workshop report
This report focuses on the key outcomes and policy recommendations of the digital economy workshop on measurement, regulation and inclusion.
This ABAC report outlines the pathways to FTAAP in the face of rising nationalism and anti-globalisation sentiments around the world.
Asia is embracing the digital revolution. But what does this mean?
Graduate students from RMIT University prepared a report for ABAC on human resources development challenges and opportunities arising from digital innovation.
This OECD report was provided to our Services Trade Competitiveness workshop attendees as a background paper.
Blockchain technology is shaping up as one of the most disruptive new technologies of the 21st century.
Developing an enabling environment for access to and delivery of ‘digital services’ is a new focus in APEC.
A number of factors have combined to produce a perfect storm for globalisation – resulting in a more complex and ever-evolving landscape for business.
Most APEC economies have been affected by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, fire, floods and hurricanes.
Persistent gender inequality not only stunts women’s potential; it is also a huge opportunity cost for the world economy.
The APEC Investment Facilitation Action Plan (IFAP) was launched in 2008 to strengthen regional economic integration, expand prosperity and employment, and improve the competitiveness and sustainability of growth.
Services are at the top of the list of new sources of growth recently identified by APEC.
Donald Trump’s election as President has foreshadowed changes to trade policy in the Asian Pacific region.
The international division of labour has opened up opportunities for firms, increasingly including small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).
That environment is a global public concern, is not in question. Whether trade agreements are suitable for addressing these concerns, is a different issue altogether.
This joint ABAC/PECC report provides a business-level perspective on the benefits and barriers to engaging in international commerce.
Australia recently signed bilateral free trade agreements with Indonesia and Hong Kong, China.
This report discusses the outcomes of the World Bank - Australia - APEC investment policy reform workshop.
This paper looks at education as a powerful determinant of social and economic development, and how critical it is to innovation.
This paper focuses on professional licensure as one policy measure that affects the ability of professionals to provide services outside their home jurisdiction.
This ABAC report provides a business perspective on emerging trade and investment issues and their coverage in recent trade agreements such as the CPTPP, RCEP and Pacific Alliance.
The Comprehensive Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) contains the most comprehensive rules on e-commerce and digital trade of any FTA to date.
The purpose of this paper is to equip readers with an understanding of the economic drivers of free trade and to apply these concepts to the PNG context.
This report focuses on the seminar's outcomes and the new technologies available to the telecommunications sector.
International trade policy is changing rapidly. Trade flows of goods are now dominated by global supply chains of commodities and manufactures, sustained by growing services trade.
APEC's vision of an Asia Pacific with free and open trade and investment, supported by structural reform and capacity building, is more relevant than ever.
In 2017, with President Trump having disavowed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, the remaining eleven governments who negotiated it agreed to a set of changes.
After the 2008 global financial crisis, G20 leaders signed a pledge in November 2008 to avoid protectionist measures.
More than four years ago the Chinese leadership launched the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
Today, we can say with certainty that trade is going consistently and irrevocably digital.
APEC leaders have declared that 'much work needs to be done to ease existing barriers to interaction and mobility...'
Open trade and investment by 2020 is at the heart of APEC’s regional investment agenda.
The economic growth of East Asia has outperformed the world’s growth for the last 2 decades.
From time to time most institutional groupings ask themselves if they are 'fit for purpose'. APEC is going through such a phase...
This report discusses the outcomes of the workshop on services trade competitiveness.
A new book on China’s International Investment Strategy has just been published, combining legal, economic and international relations perspectives.
This report discusses the outcomes of the gender data workshop delivered by Chile and Australia in the margins of SOM2.
This report looks at the outcomes of the PPD and how best to implement the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap in the digital era.
This report focuses on the workshop's outcomes, including how APEC can address barriers to professional licensing and facilitate trade in professional services.
The extraordinary growth of the digital economy requires the adaptation of international trade rules to a new world of trade in digital services and data flows.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are playing an important role in aligning business and government activities with the need for a fairer and environmentally sustainable world.
In this report, we examine the potential of blockchain for developing economies, with a focus on Papua New Guinea.
Increasing access to and use of financial services through digitalisation of these services is a major priority in Papua New Guinea.
APEC is now embarking on an important review of a post 2020 vision for a region which has as its fundamental objective the Bogor goals of open trade and investment.
It was not very long ago when discussions about globalisation were so hopeful. Globalisation was an irreversible and unambiguous force for good.
The successful transition of recent graduates from education to job is central to achieving sustainable development and building resilient economies.
Providing adequate infrastructure that continues to support prosperity is one of the most significant challenges to our global wellbeing.
Graduate students from RMIT University prepared a report on Digital entrepreneurship across the APEC region. This was presented to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
It is well known the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a heavyweight when it comes to infrastructure investment.
Infrastructure investment has moved up the political agenda all over the world.
Discussions on how to discourage imports and foster exports to gain more from international trade and create jobs domestically are gaining momentum.
The global development of digital technologies and the rise of liberalisation policies in the public services sector is increasingly blurring boundaries.