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APEC is committed to making it easier and more efficient for you to do business in the Asia-Pacific region. This section contains easy-to-use business information and tools and is designed to help you build your business by leveraging APEC's expertise and resources.

Business does not get done by corporate vision alone; partnerships between the public and private sector are a key step toward ensuring a sustainable, win-win economic environment for all - especially the consumer.

You are encouraged to get involved with the APEC process. Your contributions will provide a valuable business perspective on APEC activities and help promote economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Currently business contributes to a number of key APEC issues from energy to telecommunications and further opportunities exist across the range of APEC activities for business involvement.

If you would like to participate in the APEC process, please contact us.

Business Resources
APEC working level groups, comprising experts from the APEC region have developed a series of business tools to assist you with key business decisions.

Business Travel
The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) allows business travelers pre-cleared, facilitated short-term entry to participating member economies. The ABTC removes the need to individually apply for visas or entry permits, saving valuable time, and allows multiple entries into participating economies during the three years the card is valid. Card holders also benefit from faster immigration processing on arrival via access to fast-track entry and exit through special APEC lanes at major airports in participating economies.

The APEC Business Travel Handbook is a practical tool which provides a quick reference guide to the visa and entry requirements of APEC Member Economies. It lists the basic eligibility criteria and procedures for applying for visas and the terms and conditions that apply to business travelers. This information is provided for both short-term business visits and temporary residence for business people in APEC Member Economies.

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mutual Recognition Arrangement (EEMRA)
APEC Member Economies' mandatory requirements on regulated electrical and electronic products are provided in a standardized format to assist those who may wish to export electrical and electronic products to that economy.

Government Procurement
Individual Action Plans of APEC economies provide information on current government procurement policies and procedures in each of these economies.

Import Regulations
These comprehensive set of links to import regulation information in APEC Member Economies aim to make it easier for importers and exporters to access information before trading in the Asia-Pacific region.

Intellectual Property
To ensure that you will be adequately rewarded and protected as you trade and invest across borders, consult the Intellectual Property Rights Experts' Group IP Information Center. The Center provides information about the intellectual property regimes and key contacts in APEC Member Economies.

The Intellectual Property Explorer is a free, secure and simple online business tool to help SMEs identify and protect their IP assets. It contains a series of interactive diagnostic questions designed to review each piece of intellectual property in an SME's business.

Investment
The 2010 Guide to Investment Regimes of APEC Member Economies (2nd Revision), provides valuable information about the investment environments of APEC Member Economies.

The Investment Experts Group maintains a set of links to investment-related information in APEC Economies and is geared to providing you with current additional information.

Standardization and Regulatory Bodies
Access the Standards and Conformance information to provide you with information on Member Economies' contacts in international standardization bodies and links to Economies' regulatory bodies on various sectors.

Transparency Standards
APEC Economies developed a set of General Transparency Standards that committed members to such measures as publishing all laws and regulation, and establishing appeal mechanisms for administrative decisions. There are nine sets of Area-Specific Transparency Standards that Economies are working towards: Services, Investment, Competition Policy and Regulatory Reform, Standards and Conformance, Intellectual Property, Customs Procedures, Market Access, Business Mobility and Government Procurement. Access Economies' completed assessment templates that are available for download.






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