ABAC 2023 discussion on current and future business priorities in the Asia Pacific

Tuesday 24 October, 6pm – 7.30pm

Join Rachel, Anna and Brett on Tuesday 24 October for a discussion about ABAC’s work this year and looking ahead to the APEC CEO Summit and APEC Leaders’ meeting taking place in November in San Francisco.

The last couple of years have been tough ones for businesses. It’s meant grappling with challenges ranging from supply chain disruption to trade tensions and fragile economic growth. Inflation headwinds, emerging technologies and climate change are some of the other disruptive forces at play.

The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) has been charged with advising the Asia-Pacific region’s political leaders on helping businesses to navigate this turbulent landscape.

ABAC New Zealand members Rachel Taulelei, Anna Curzon and Brett O’Riley are at the forefront of these discussions, leading workstreams on economic integration and the World Trade Organization (WTO), the participation of Indigenous entrepreneurs in trade, and climate change.

We would love to hear your thoughts

We are keen to get your ‘take’ on these issues and other business concerns in the region, to help us shape ABAC priorities for next year.  ABAC Peru will chair the Council from December, and we are looking forward to working closely with our Peruvian friends on many areas of shared interest.

We will conclude the event with drinks and networking, courtesy of  NZIBF – so please do join us!

ABAC has always played an important role as an ideas factory and 2023 has been no exception.  Chaired by Dominic Ng of ABAC US, the Council has discussed challenges and potential solutions across a broad agenda encompassing trade and investment, climate change and sustainability, the digital economy, Artificial Intelligence, food security, Indigenous Peoples, women and economic opportunity, and plenty more.

We will provide a briefing on ABAC’s key outputs this year. These include:

  • support for the WTO
  • new “toolkits” for supply chain resilience and cybersecurity
  • detailed recommendations to make paperless trade a reality throughout the region
  • boosting opportunities for trade in environmental goods and services
  • ABAC’s Climate Leadership Principles for Business
  • ways to support Māori and other Indigenous businesses in trade
  • how businesses and governments should be responding to generative AI.
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