The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the premier forum for facilitating growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.
Founded in 1989, APEC is the only inter-governmental organisation in the world operating on the basis of non-binding commitments, open dialogue and equal respect for the views of all participants. APEC’s 21 members account for more than 40% of the world’s population, approximately 54.2% of the world’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP) and 43.7% of the world trade.
For more information on APEC, please visit www.apec.org.
APEC Focus for Singapore 2009
Under the theme ‘Sustaining Growth, Connecting the Region’, APEC Singapore 2009 will build on APEC’s work to date in promoting economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment across the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition, given today’s challenging global economic environment, APEC 2009 is also focused on overcoming the economic crisis and positioning member economies for a sustainable recovery in the post-crisis world.
Main areas for discussion during the year are:
• Positioning for Economic Recovery: exploring ways to foster growth that is both inclusive and sustainable in the post-crisis economic landscape
• Supporting Multilateral Trading Systems: upholding and strengthening the global multi-lateral trading system by resisting protectionism and supporting the successful conclusion of the Doha Round of trade talks
• Accelerating Regional Economic Integration: by facilitating trade, easing burdens on doing business within and between member economies and increasing the connectivity and efficiency of supply chains.
The APEC Logo
The APEC Singapore logo depicts the 21 APEC economies coming together to convene at a single point, working towards unity, cooperation and synergy among member economies to advance common interests. The Spark is made up of 21 strokes representing the 21 member economies. It signifies the dynamism within the APEC community, and a catalyst that inspires new ideas and initiatives to further the vision of APEC.
Facta and Figures : APEC Singapore 2009
15,678 local and foreign delegates expected to attend the year-long series of meetings. About 5,700 delegates have attended the various APEC meetings held thus far, with another 10,000 delegates, media and businessmen expected to attend the APEC Leaders Week Meetings from 8-15 November 2009.
123 events held over 62 meeting days, which comprises 80 meetings and 43 dialogues, seminars and workshops 700 officers from 40 government agencies involved in APEC 2009, looking into areas such as the physical arrangements for the various meetings, as well as other logistical arrangements including transportation, security, hospitality, medical and media coverage arrangements.
17,400 personnel from Singapore and Singapore-based companies involved in the physical set-up of the various meeting venues, provision of various services for the meetings as well as the design of furniture and the attire for staff 1,800 volunteer ambassadors recruited to play host to the international delegates 120 hours planned for the conduct of rehearsals.
Content courtesy of APEC Singapore 2009