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 liberalization 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 Ministers and Leaders.

AD has a clearly defined set of priority action areas based on Leaders’ Declarations and Ministerial Statements as well as instructions from the Senior Officials and Committee on Trade and Investment. The directions for the activities of AD are also set in its Terms of Reference and Work Plan.

The AD first met in 1999 in Indonesia and has continued to meet every year since then.

Last page update: September 2016

Current Activities

The 25th AD Meeting was held in Makati City, the Philippines, on 19-22 September 2016. The members discussed a number of ongoing topics and initiatives, including activities aimed at integration of SME suppliers into automotive global value chains, implementation of the Electric Vehicles Roadmap, Compendium of Motor Vehicle-Related Taxes in APEC, Compendium of Automotive Business Regimes in APEC, and study of the impact of government policy instruments on promoting new energy vehicles.


The Asia-Pacific Region Automotive Industry Sustainable Development Declaration submitted by China was endorsed at the 20th AD meeting during 23-25 April 2014 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.


Dir. Ma. Corazon Halili-Dichosa (Ms)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Pavel Bronnikov (Mr)
Program Director
APEC Secretariat


19 Sep 2016 25th Automotive Dialogue Manila, Philippines
25 May 2016 24th Automotive Dialogue Manila, Philippines