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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 gather international experts, APEC officials and business leaders to share experience and best practices, and from there, draw lessons on how the services sector can build-back-better and build-back-broader the world economy.

The event is even more timely and important with the midterm review of the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap (ASCR) this year. In 2015, APEC Leaders committed to developing a strategic and long-term services agenda through a region-wide set of actions and mutually agreed targets to be achieved by 2025. The following year, APEC set concrete targets to: (1) reduce the restrictions to services trade and investment, (2) increase the share of services exports, (3) increase the growth in trade in services, and (4) increase APEC’s share in global services trade.

With COVID-19 coming into the picture, how is APEC faring towards achieving its targets? In light of the challenge of the pandemic and threat of climate change, what are the necessary policy adjustments and practical measures to facilitate trade and improve service competitiveness? 

To attend and receive your dedicated link to the Zoom webinar, click https://bit.ly/PPDServices2021.

This virtual forum is presented to you by ABAC Philippines and Globe Telecom, in partnership with the Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


Day 1: October 12, 0800H-1030H (PH time, GMT+8)
Opening Session [SPEAKERS]

Keynote Session 1: Servicing the World towards Economic Recovery [SPEAKERS]
The role of services in driving global trade towards economic recovery

Session 1: Transforming Services in the Time of COVID-19 [SPEAKERS]
How have businesses and businesses models changed and adjusted during the pandemic? What measures are needed to ensure cross-border availability of essential services?

Session 2: Broadening the Reach of Economic Recovery [SPEAKERS]
How can services boost other industries and sectors? What support measures must be implemented to make economic recovery more inclusive and benefit more people? 

Closing Session [SPEAKER]

Day 2: October 13, 2000H-2230H (PH time, GMT+8)
Opening Session [SPEAKER]  

Keynote Session 2: Servicing the World towards Economic Resilience [SPEAKERS]
The role of services, including essential services, in building a stronger post-pandemic world economy.

Session 3: Accelerating Digital Adaptation [SPEAKERS]
How digital transformation, including the management of data flows, can support economic recovery? What systems and tools are necessary to address future shocks?

Session 4: Boosting Services Competitiveness Post-Pandemic [SPEAKERS] 
How to boost competitiveness and cut services trade costs to facilitate post-pandemic recovery? What new approaches and strategies are needed to implement the Services Roadmap and beyond?

Keynote Session 3: Servicing Globally towards Inclusive and Sustainable Growth [SPEAKERS]
The critical role of domestic policies to support the internationalization of services

Closing Session [SPEAKER]

Public-Private Dialogue on Services: Day 2 | 13 October 2021, 200H – 2230H (PH time, GMT+8)