APEC Propelling SME Development to Ensure Asia-Pacific Growth
The acceleration of economic recovery and strengthening of long-term growth and prosperity in APEC hinges on the development of the small and medium enterprise sector which is at its core.
Interview: APEC economies tackling oceans-related challenges
Greg Schneider, Lead Shepherd of the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Group, highlights some of the issues and priorities topping the region's agenda.
Recycling Old Patents Helps Rural Villagers Power Sustainable Industries
Intellectual property is taking on a whole new meaning for villagers in remote areas of the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. Through an APEC project, intellectual property (IP) experts from Korea are helping rural communities leverage expired patents, transforming the economic prospects of local farmers.
Enhancing SME Business Ethics in the Healthcare Industry
The relationship between healthcare companies and physicians is complex, presenting potential conflicts of interest that require oversight.
Green Towns in the Asia-Pacific
With its white sand beaches and growing tourism development, city planners in Da Nang, Viet Nam are working on an innovative system of electric motorbikes and charging facilities as well as power generation from kitchen waste as part of an initiative to become a low carbon town.
Preparing SMEs for Disasters
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, small and medium-sized businesses in the Philippines from farms to fisheries were impacted by the devastation. Many coconut farms, a key export for the Philippines, were flattened. Amid the wreckage of flooded crops and broken boats, small business owners struggled to rebuild their livelihoods.
Paperless system speeds up trade
In this digital age, APEC is centralizing the export-import process using a paperless system, significantly reducing the cost and time for goods to travel across borders.
Streamlining Regulations Boosts Wine Trade
In a trendy corner of Beijing’s Chaoyang district, a crowd of professionals share a wine-tasting menu sampling Cabernets from Australia, Chile, New Zealand and the United States. These wine bars, a growing trend in Asia, are gaining ground in China. Chinese consumers increasingly want the quality and diversity of their wine-tasting experiences abroad, causing wine imports to skyrocket.
Analysis: Why the APEC environmental goods list is worth the region's energy
APEC economies are working to reduce tariffs to five per cent or less on a list of environmental goods by 2015 and in 2014 will explore opportunities for building on this initiative within the WTO. In an interview, Dr Phyllis Genther Yoshida, APEC Energy Working Group Lead Shepherd, explained the list’s significance and how it fits with APEC’s broader work to improve energy efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Transforming Digital Divides into Digital Opportunities
Along a busy Peruvian street, outside of Lima, a small cement building buzzed with new computers, internet connection and the excited chatter of all ages—children, young adults, and the elderly.