Press Releases


12 November 2009 (Singapore) - We thank APEC Ministers for this opportunity to update you on the views from our community on Asia-Pacific cooperation. The theme that APEC has selected this year of "Sustaining Growth, Connecting the Region" provides an excellent framework through which the many challenges facing the region can be met.
11 November 2009 (Singapore) - Public policies and programs are needed to reduce the impact of food prices on the population most vulnerable to those price spikes - the world's poor, according to a new report released by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in Singapore.
11 November 2009 (Singapore) - The Asia-Pacific region has become more integrated since APEC was founded, according to a new index released by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). The region as a whole as well as individual economies have become steadily more integrated with each other since 1990, except for a brief period between 2001 and 2003.
11 November 2009 (Singapore) - APEC leaders meeting in Singapore later this week have been sent a clear message from Asia-Pacific opinion-leaders: It is too soon to exit from the expansionary policies that were put in place over the last year in response to the global economic crisis. "Continued action on the economic crisis" was at the top of a list of suggested priorities for APEC, followed by "regulation of the financial sector", "restarting the Doha process", "climate change and the Copenhagen Deal", and "reducing the cost of doing business".
11 November 2009 (Singapore) - The global economy is showing signs of recovery, and the Asia-Pacific region is leading the way. However, "a full recovery is far from assured," said Prof Peter Petri (Brandeis University/ East West Center), the coordinator of a PECC task force on the economic crisis.
10 October 2009 (Singapore)  
10 October 2009 (Singapore) – The Asia-Pacific region needs to deepen and enhance cooperation to ensure that the economic recovery currently underway is sustained. Regional experts were gathered in Singapore for a conference co-organized by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), Singapore National Committee for PECC (SINCPEC), and facilitated by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS).
9 October 2009 (Singapore) – Asia is leading the global recovery. With this good news, the policy makers are faced with new but difficult choices of not simply exiting from the rescue interventions but having to replace them with structural policies that promote growth through the recovery and beyond. They are less time-sensitive but more complex and tougher to implement politically. 

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