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  • Global Leaders, Experts convene at ABAC Forum on Skills and Services of the Future

    Global Leaders, Experts convene at ABAC Forum on Skills and Services of the Future

    Understanding the need for urgent action to ensure that talent and businesses alike are prepared to leverage on emerging technological trends as part of the services sector’s broader strategy for growth and recovery in the Asia-Pacific region, APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) REIWG Services Trade Lead Sabin M. Aboitiz brought together global thought leaders and […]
  • ABAC to hold public-private dialogue on skills, services of the future

    ABAC to hold public-private dialogue on skills, services of the future

    MANILA, Philippines — In a bid to foster economic recovery and boost service competitiveness among the cooperating economies, the APEC Business Advisory Council’s (ABAC) Regional Economic Integration Working Group (REIWG) on Strengthening Services Trade and Investment will be conducting a public-private dialogue featuring global thought leaders to exchange insights and best practices on the emerging […]
  • ABAC-APFF Roundtable on PPPs in Pandemic Risk Transfer

    ABAC-APFF Roundtable on PPPs in Pandemic Risk Transfer

    Last April 20, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Asia Pacific Financial Forum (APFF), and the APEC Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI) Solutions Working Group, in collaboration with Munich Re, ABAC Philippines and Globe Telecom, organized a virtual roundtable on Enhancing the Region’s Resilience through PPPs in Pandemic Risk Transfer. “Our priority remains pandemic […]
  • ABAC Philippines calls for greater public-private cooperation to strengthen innovation

    ABAC Philippines calls for greater public-private cooperation to strengthen innovation

    At the first APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) meeting (ABAC 1) this year, ABAC Philippines member Sabin Aboitiz pushed for greater innovation especially in the services sector as a strategy for growth and recovery in the Asia-Pacific region. Aboitiz sits as co-chair of the Regional Economic Integration Working Group (REIWG) leading ABAC’s work on strengthening […]
  • Asia-Pacific biz leaders call for urgent collective action to address pandemic recovery and climate crisis

    Asia-Pacific biz leaders call for urgent collective action to address pandemic recovery and climate crisis

    ABAC or the APEC Business Advisory Council urged APEC Leaders to collectively act in addressing the uneven recovery and unequal impact of COVID-19, the barriers to trade and investments and the challenge of climate change in the region.  The fourth and last ABAC Meeting for 2021 under New Zealand’s chairmanship touched on the Council’s Annual […]
  • Raiza Kiana Tiwan: Taking climate action for a sustainable and greener future

    Raiza Kiana Tiwan: Taking climate action for a sustainable and greener future

    Initiative shouts power!  My generation experienced the pandemic, and no one saw it coming. Everything was put on hold, and we thought we could not do anything about it. Grateful for the initiative of the APEC economies, we came up with a youth declaration to let our voices be heard.  I have heard different testimonies […]
  • Sydney Torrenueva: Achieving economic recovery through international cooperation

    Sydney Torrenueva: Achieving economic recovery through international cooperation

    I never saw this opportunity coming. I was the last to be accepted, and I embraced it as a blessing but ultimately more of a responsibility. It was an empowering experience to have a platform where I could speak up about issues concerning our country and participate in these discussions with fellow youths. It enabled […]
  • Mirus Ponon: Building a Digital Future for All

    Mirus Ponon: Building a Digital Future for All

    Joining the APEC Voices of the Future and the APEC CEO Summit as a delegate is a privilege that I knew I had to maximize given such a platform. The lessons I have learned from the program, especially from my 123 co-delegates from 21 countries, reassured me of what was to come in a world […]
  • John Mark Jacinto: Making a Mark for the Future

    John Mark Jacinto: Making a Mark for the Future

    It was an honor to represent the Philippines for the APEC Voices of the Future Summit 2021. From November 09 – 12, 2021, I, alongside four (4) fellow passionate young leaders, represented the Philippines at the APEC Voices of the Future Summit 2021. Representing our respective insights and perspectives, we were assigned various thematic topics […]
  • Ryan Alabado: Empowering the youth for a better tomorrow

    Ryan Alabado: Empowering the youth for a better tomorrow

    Being an educator for the Voices of the Future (VOF) 2021 was an honor and a responsibility. It was with great pride being one of the delegates representing the Philippines during the gathering of young people among the APEC economies. Personally, it was also a once-in-a-lifetime experience guiding the youth delegates as they performed their […]
  • Ensuring the future of APEC through youth participation

    Ensuring the future of APEC through youth participation

    The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Philippines is proud to announce this year’s Philippine delegates to the Voices of the Future (VOF), APEC’s youth program: Raiza Kiana Tiwan (head delegate), Reyna Monica Gaspar, Emmanuel Mirus Ponon, Sydney Torrenueva, Mark John Jacinto, and Ryan Remo Alebado (educator). As chosen representatives, the six delegates will be presenting […]
  • Day 2: Public-Private Dialogue on Services 2021 Highlights

    Day 2: Public-Private Dialogue on Services 2021 Highlights

    Last October 12-13, the Asia Pacific Services Coalition (APSC) and APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) convened business leaders, industry representatives, regional experts, and officials from international organizations to the Public-Private Dialogue on Services. With the theme, “Driving Services for an Inclusive and Resilient Economic Recovery,” the forum highlighted the services sector’s critical role in achieving […]
  • Day 1: Public-Private Dialogue on Services 2021 Highlights

    Day 1: Public-Private Dialogue on Services 2021 Highlights

    The Asia-Pacific Services Coalition (APSC) and APEC Business Advisory Council organized a Public-Private Dialogue on Services under the theme, “Driving Services for an Inclusive and Resilient Economic Recovery last October 12-13.  During the two-day conference, key themes emerged on how services competitiveness can be enhanced post-pandemic and beyond, which contributes to the midterm review of […]
  • APEC and the Services Sector: Towards a Resilient and Inclusive Economy

    APEC and the Services Sector: Towards a Resilient and Inclusive Economy

    The Asia Pacific Services Coalition (APSC) and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) have teamed up once again to organize a Public-Private Dialogue on Services, with the theme, “Driving Services for an Inclusive and Resilient Economic Recovery” on October 12 (08.00 to 10.30) and October 13 (20.00 to 22.30), Philippine time.  The two-day webinar will […]
  • Be a part of APEC Voices of the Future 2021

    Be a part of APEC Voices of the Future 2021

    The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Philippines is pleased to invite Filipino youth leaders to APEC’s Voices of the Future 2021. This annual event will bring together young people across the Asia-Pacific to learn and discuss regional issues with APEC leaders, business leaders, and international experts.  As APEC charts a new course through the Putrajaya […]
  • ABAC III Press Release

    ABAC III Press Release

    Shared problems need shared solutions – starting now, say Asia-Pacific business leaders Working together – as APEC Economic Leaders demonstrated recently – to find coherent, timely solutions to complex global challenges is the only way the region will continue to thrive, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) declared today during their third virtual meeting for […]
  • APEC promotes MSME participation in global trade through the Boracay Action Agenda

    APEC promotes MSME participation in global trade through the Boracay Action Agenda

    The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Philippines gathered public and private sector leaders and stakeholders from and beyond the region for the APEC Global MSME Forum last June 28-30. The three-day virtual conference featured three key themes: (1) opportunities and challenges in the global economy, (2) the role […]
  • ABAC and APEC Finance Ministers on inclusive and sustainable economic recovery

    ABAC and APEC Finance Ministers on inclusive and sustainable economic recovery

    Last June 25, APEC Finance Ministers Meeting met with the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) to share experiences on the impact of COVID-19 and exchange views on how economies respond to the pandemic. New Zealand Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson hosted the dialogue which dealt with the effects of COVID, the […]
  • ABAC to Trade Ministers: Pandemic remains the top priority

    ABAC to Trade Ministers: Pandemic remains the top priority

    At the virtual Dialogue with APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) last June 4, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) formally presented its Letter and Report to the Ministers. ABAC and the MRT each discussed key themes in the Dialogue’s three breakout sessions: (1) regional economic integration, (2) economic responses to COVID-19, and (3) resilience […]
  • ABAC’s Disaster Recovery Task Force zooms in on Policy Frameworks and Risk Financing

    ABAC’s Disaster Recovery Task Force zooms in on Policy Frameworks and Risk Financing

    In its third meeting on April 27, the ABAC Disaster Recovery Planning and Risk Management Task Force, convened by ABAC Philippines focused on two sub-themes: (1) disaster recovery policy frameworks and (2) insurance and risk sharing models and options. Koji Suzuki, co-chair of APEC’s Emergency Preparedness Working Group and Li Wei Sen, Secretary-General of the […]
  • ABAC PH leads work on Disaster Resilience and Risk Management

    ABAC PH leads work on Disaster Resilience and Risk Management

    ABAC Philippines convened the Taskforce on Disaster Recovery Planning and Risk Management under ABAC’s Economy Working Group last March 23 to look at relevant disaster response measures and how these would apply to the pandemic. The group identified priority issues to focus the discussions on and develop key recommendations to APEC Leaders and Ministers this […]