Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.
APEC is an intergovernmental grouping that operates on the basis of non-binding commitments, open dialogue and equal respect for the views of all participants. Unlike the WTO or other multilateral trade bodies, APEC has no treaty obligations required of its participants. Decisions made within APEC are reached by consensus and commitments are undertaken on a voluntary basis.
APEC has 21 members - referred to as "member economies" - which account for approximately 40 percent of the world's population, approximately 55 percent of world GDP and about 44 percent of world trade.
Moving forward Steadily in Preparing for the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting
APEC Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting
Time: 5-6 November
Guided by China Vice Foreign Minister and Chair of the 2014 APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting Li Baodong, APEC Senior Officials from member economies will finalize a package of new growth-enhancing measures.
APEC Ministerial Meeting
Time: 7-8 November
Hosted by China Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi and Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng, and including both the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministers from the other 20 APEC economies, the meeting will decide the contours of joint policy development and implementation moving forward.
APEC CEO Summit
Time: 8-10 November
Venue: China National Convention Center
An open dialogue held in conjunction with the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week and organized by the private sector featuring the region’s Leaders and business heads.
APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting
Time: 10-11 November
Venue: Yanqi Lake
Chaired by China President Xi Jinping and including the Leaders of the other 20 APEC economies, the meeting will provide strategic vision and directives for future collaboration.