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Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation

The United States has been chosen to host the 2011 Forum of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

There will be several events throughout the year, including ministerial meetings, activities for the private sector and the annual meeting of Asia-Pacific business leaders.

APEC is an intergovernmental forum dedicated to the promotion of free trade, investment, economic growth and development as well as cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

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The Forum brings together 21 countries, which together represent about 50% of world population, trade and GDP and a market of 2.7 billion consumers: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA and Vietnam. As the host of these events, the United States will give priority in the talks to strengthen regional economic integration, promotion of green growth that respects the environment and the convergence of regulatory policies. The issue is important since the members of APEC purchase 58% of U.S. exports and 7 of top 15 trading partners of the United States are APEC members.

As part of the Forum there was a series of events in Big Sky, Montana on the theme of internationalization of small and medium enterprises in APEC countries. The objective was to provide SMEs participating in the event a better understanding of the tools needed to successfully do business in the Asia-Pacific: financial and regulatory standards, business cooperation, etc. Particular emphasis was placed on green businesses, including the presentation of best practices of small and medium enterprises that have managed to combine economic development, resource use and environmental friendliness.

For more information on APEC:
APEC 2011 Official Website
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)’s Website:
U.S. Trade Representative APEC Blog
U.S. National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
APEC Events Calendar

To assist you in your business within the APEC member countries:
2011 Guide to Doing Business Guide in APEC Countries
APEC 2011 Economic Policy Report

For information on the 21 member countries of APEC:
The FITA "Country Miniportals" of 185 countries
• International Trade Channels on Globaltrade

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