The APEC Automotive Dialogue (AD) serves as a forum for APEC member economy officials and senior industry representatives to work together to map-out strategies for increasing the integration and development of the automotive sector within the region.

The AD was established in recognition of the crosscutting nature of the automotive industry and of the broad benefits to many economies of trade liberalisation and facilitation in this sector. It allows the public and private sectors to work together to improve policy development, to identify barriers to growth and to develop effective cooperation mechanisms for APEC economies to address and reduce impediments.

The goals of the AD are to engage participants in cooperative efforts to foster the growth and development of the regional auto industry and to provide actionable recommendations to APEC Trade Ministers.

The AD first met in 1999 in Indonesia and has continued to meet every year since then. Current active members include Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Viet Nam and the United States.

Current Activities

The 20th meeting of the APEC Automotive Dialogue (AD) was held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China on 23-25 April 2014.

The theme of the 2014 Automotive Dialogue is Green Ambition, Win-Win Cooperation, which is aimed at making a greater contribution to promoting green vehicle products, technology trade and investment convenience, and sustaining the auto industry.

2014 China Auto Forum

The 2014 China Auto Forum was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China (MIIT) and the Automotive Dialogue. More than 1000 people attended the meeting, including Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), experts of World Economic Forum, officials from the Chinese government, CEOs of domestic and global automobile corporations, expert speakers and scholars. The Forum created a platform for exchange and communication on industry development between the world’s auto industry, public-private partnerships, and established links between the auto industry and all sectors of society. 

2014 Beijing International Automotive Show

Automotive Dialogue delegates attended the 13th Beijing Auto Show. The 17 exhibition halls together with the outdoor venues provides 230,000 square meters of space filled with 1134 display vehicles. 118 cars launched their world premiere during the show. 71 concept vehicles representing development trends and 79 hot products in the electric vehicle market were displayed, which revealed new achievements and breakthroughs in global auto companies.

Market situation

China, Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, the United States, Thailand and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) reported on automotive production, sales and trade in 2013, and presented the forecast for 2014. Click the above links for individual reports.

The United States briefed on the opportunities and challenges for the automotive industry in the Asia-Pacific. See presentation here.

Market Access / Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, the U.S. and Russia provided updates on the existing agreements and ongoing Free Trade Agreements (FTA) negotiations, both within the APEC region, including the China-ASEAN FTA, China-South Korea FTA, China-Japan-Korea FTA, Trans-Pacific Partnership and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Regulation and Standards

China, the U.S., Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) updated all the member economies about the current situation, challenge, target, tendency and initiatives.

Development of New Energy Vehicles

Development of Advanced Technologies

  • China reported on advanced power batteries for xEV Electric Car battery application and the Intelligent Automotive Technology in China. Japan delivered a presentation on advanced battery technology and fuel cell batteries. The United States industry presented on moving towards electrification commercialization, outlining both global and China’s electrification strategy, and vehicle light-weighting enabled by light metals – technology innovation and challenges.




The Asia-Pacific Region Automotive Industry Sustainable Development Declaration submitted by China was endorsed at the 20th AD meeting during 23-25 April in Beijing.

The AD committed to the following goals:

  • Further improve the best practices sharing mechanism among APEC members for the auto sector.
  • Enhance the exchange of information related to the harmonization of policies, regulations and technical standards related to the automotive sector.
  • Promote employment and social stability in the region by continuing to encourage investment in the automobile and automotive parts sectors.
  • Improve the auto industry’s technology cooperation, by continuing to foster and improve the auto industry’s innovation ability and competitiveness; further reduce the auto industry’s impact on the environment, promote vehicle safety performance, promote R&D in innovative vehicle technologies, future alternative energy sources and transportation infrastructure.
  • Promote innovation in the area of finance related to automobile industry and work collectively to enhance the financial sector’s support for the auto industry.
  • Jointly promote the efficient utilization of resources and improve the recovery and recycling ratios of end-of-life vehicles.


Ma. Corazon Halili-Dichosa (Ms)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Pavel Bronnikov (Mr)


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