Universities and research institutes around the APEC region host APEC Study Centers (ASCs). Today you can find more than 50 APEC Study Centers (ASCs) in 20 of the 21 APEC member economies.

ASCs were part of the vision set out by APEC Leaders in 1993 when they launched the 'APEC Leaders' Education Initiative.' The Education Initiative called on APEC members to foster regional cooperation among tertiary and research institutes to promote greater academic collaboration on key regional economic challenges. ASCs undertake research, disseminate information and facilitate discussion on APEC-related issues, initiatives and processes to help support APEC’s vision and goals.

Together, ASCs form the APEC Study Center Consortium (ASCC) which holds an annual conference hosted by one of the ASCs in the APEC Host Economy for that year. The annual conference provides an opportunity for academics and scholars from around the region to discuss their research and identify areas for collaboration.

ASCs are independent from APEC and their functions and funding arrangements are not uniform. This independence and flexibility ensures the integrity of the ASC process. Financial support is provided by both public and private funds and research topics are usually chosen by individual study centers.

Current Activities

APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2015

Researchers from across the Asia-Pacific region shared their analyses on APEC issues at the 2015 ASCC Conference on 12-13 May 2015 in Boracay Island, Philippines--hosted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN) in collaboration with the Ateneo de Manila University and the Asian Development Bank Institute.

The ASCC 2015 Conference program focused on four themes based on APEC Philippines priorities.

Enhancing Regional Economic Integration

The discussions reiterated support for the realisation of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) and highlighted APEC’s role as incubator. Studies of various pathways to FTAAP were presented and analysed. Experts also highlighted the important role of the services sector in the growth and evolution of APEC economies despite the challenges to liberalisation. ASCC researchers shared results of their studies on how economy’s trade and investment patterns, infrastructure, connectivity can affect the benefits gained from regional integration.

Fostering SME’s Participation in the Regional and Global Economy

The development of SMEs is crucial to the success of regional economic integration that promotes economic and inclusive growth. ASCC experts stressed that in any pathway to FTAAP, the role of SMEs should be highlighted, and concrete mechanisms to enable SMEs should be formulated and included in the process.

Investing in Human Capital Development

To further strengthen APEC’s Cooperative Measures in Human Resource Development, ASCC experts calls for a creation of an environment that would foster academic and technical exchanges, including the creation of an APEC Network of Universities and similar initiatives. Some specific targets were presented and discussed.

Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities

The Conference highlighted the need to “strengthen the supervision of change” by capacitating leaders and adopting an integrated approach to the various problems associated with climate change in order to build Sustainable and Resilient Communities. Considerations on liberalisation of environmental goods in the APEC list were suggested. ASCC experts also highlighted the importance of the promotion of social enterprises (SEs) to foster sustainable development.

To read all the papers presented at the conference, refer to the APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2015 Proceedings.

APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2016

ASCC 2016 Conference will be hosted by the Network of Peruvian APEC Study Centers (REDAP) on 5-6 May 2016 in Arequipa, Peru. The Conference will focus on five priority areas including (1) Regionalism, Multilateralism and Convergence; (2) Human Capital Development; (3) Food Trade and Food Security; (4) Improving MSME’s capabilities; and (5) Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.

REDAP is now calling for submission of Abstract for Presentations at ASCC 2016. Interested speakers may register for submission to Estefany Herrera (herrera.ear@gmail.com) and Luciano Quispe (luciano0903@gmail.com) before 18 March 2016.

For more information, see a recent news release on the Conference.

Achievements

At the APEC Study Centers Consortium conferences over the years, researchers have analysed and provide policy recommendations for a wide range of APEC issues. Previous topics include regional economic integration, strengthening food security, supply chain performance and sustainable development with equity. For more information and to read individual research papers, please refer to the conference proceedings below.

The APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2015 Proceedings includes research papers and analyses on the following APEC issues:

  • Enhancing Regional Economic Integration
  • Fostering SMEs’ Participation in the Regional and Global Economy
  • Investing in Human Capital Development
  • Building Sustainable Capital Development

The APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2014 Proceedings includes research papers and analyses on the following APEC issues:

  • New Trend of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration
  • Feasibility and Pathways towards FTAAP
  • Comprehensive Connectivity and Infrastructure Development
  • Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth

The APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2013 Proceedings includes research papers and analyses on the following APEC issues:

  • Attaining the Bogor Goals
  • Promoting connectivity
  • Sustainable development with equity.

The APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2012 Proceedings features key findings and policy recommendations on the following APEC topics:

  • Trade and investment liberalization, regional economic integration
  • Strengthening food security
  • Establishing reliable supply chains
  • Intensive cooperation to foster innovative growth.

The APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2011 Proceedings summarizes analyses and policy recommendations on the following APEC topics:

  • Green growth
  • Trade integration
  • Regulatory convergence.

Contacts

Dr. Alan Reinoso FAIRLIE (Mr)
Chair of ASCC 2016
Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, The Catholic University of Peru
Peruvian Network for the Studies of Asia-Pacific (REDAP)
Website: http://www.pucp.edu.pe
Email: afairli@pucp.edu.pe
Deborah Delgado (Ms)
ASCC 2016 Chair Office
Email: deborah.delgado@pucp.pe
Esthefany Herrera (Ms)
ASCC 2016 Chair Office
Email: herrera.ear@gmail.com
Pruthipong Poonthrigobol (Mr)
Email: pp15@apec.org