Press Releases


14 November 2005 (Singapore) The growth of supermarkets—largely the result of private industry initiatives to satisfy consumer demands—presents significant economic opportunities and policy challenges for private- and public-sector decision makers in the region, according to the 2005-2006 Pacific Food System Outlook (PFSO) report issued today by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).
7 September 2005 (Seoul, Korea) - Persistent and growing imbalances in cross-Pacific trade and capital flows represent a critical threat to deeper economic integration and closer cooperation in the Asia Pacific region, according to the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, which concluded its 16th General Meeting in Seoul on Wednesday.
6 September 2005 (Seoul, Korea) - Economies in the Pacific are ‘building for disaster’, Dr Allen Clark, told the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council’s 16th General Meeting today. Dr Clark is Director of the Pacific Disaster Centre (part of the East West Centre in Hawaii). Urban development tends to concentrate alongside the sea or rivers and lakes. These are the areas most vulnerable to natural disasters such as storms and floods, as well as earthquakes and their consequences.
15 June 2005 (Vancouver, Canada) The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) today released the Pacific Economic Outlook (PEO) 2005-2006 report, an annual forecast of 18 economies in the Asia Pacific region.

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Pacific Currents

Global value chains: From fruitful discussions to meaningful actions
Juan Navarro, Associate Faculty, Royal Roads University

Climate change in SOTR
Christopher Findlay, Tilak Doshi and Eduardo Pedrosa

Digital Technologies, Services and the Fourth Industrial Revolutions
Submitted by Jane Drake-Brockman, Christopher Findlay, Yose Rizal Damuri and Sherry Stephenson 

COVID-19 has Exposed Major Gaps in our Social Safety Nets: In a Post-COVID World Will these Gaps be Closed?
Hugh Stephens
Vice Chair, CANCPEC; Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary

 Multilateral Cooperation is a Safeguard against Pandemics
Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria
Executive Director, APEC Secretariat

International cooperation during COVID-19
Sungbae An
Senior Research Fellow, Department of International Macroeconomics and Finance, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)

Drastic measures to stop spread of COVID-19 are necessary
Charles E. Morrison
Adjunct Fellow and Former President of the East-West Center; Former Co-Chair, PECC

ASEAN-China cooperation in time of COVID-19 pandemic
Jusuf Wanandi
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, CSIS Foundation; Former Co-Chair of PECC