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.

Last page update: 29 June 2016

Current Activities

APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2016

Researchers from across the Asia-Pacific region shared their analyses on APEC issues at the 2015 ASCC Conference on 5-6 May 2016 in Arequipa, Peru -- hosted by the Network of Peruvian APEC Study Centers (REDAP).

The ASCC 2016 Conference program focused on five priority areas including: opportunities and challenges of Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP); new issues in regional economic integration, improving MSME’s capabilities, human capital development, and human security.

  • Regionalism, Multilateralism and Convergence

Analysis of recent trends in trade between Asia and Latin America indicated that fundamental drivers of trade between the two continents have not changed and the lower rate of growth in commodity trade can be characterized as a cyclical adjustment. However, Latin American economies still need to implement more proactive trade policies, focusing on trade liberalization.

Participants identified the growing anti-free trade sentiment in many economies as one of the main obstacles to FTAAP. A concern has been expressed that failure to put existing regional trade agreement into action may increase political costs of promoting other free trade mega-initiatives. In this context, an emphasis was put on the need for refocusing of integration efforts from trade liberalization to assisting development of domestic capital and labor markets as a new paradigm of inclusive integration in order to garner more political support for FTAAP.

On uncertainties regarding pathways to FTAAP, an idea of a phased realization of FTAAP was proposed. Some participants suggested that pursuing FTAAP as an umbrella agreement with enough flexibility to accommodate the needs and expectations of all APEC economies is the only practical way forward. Such an agreement could be achieved in the “APEC way” on the basis of realization of Bogor Goals and through a non-binding implementation of individual action plans. An “early harvest” of FTAAP may give the APEC members enough confidence for deeper integration and introduction of firmer commitments further on.

  • Improving MSMEs capabilities

The meeting discussed the role of MSMEs in poverty reduction, job creation, achieving gender equality, social cohesion, and human capital development, and concluded that stronger focus on development of MSMEs is integral to achieving sustainable development goals in the context of a slower global economic growth. It was also pointed out that services have a potential to help developing economies escape the “middle income trap” and challenges faced by MSMEs in the sphere of trade in services and GVC participation were highlighted. Participants urged APEC to continue its work on services through implementation of the Services Cooperation Framework and development of a Services Competitiveness Roadmap.

  • Human Capital Development and Human Security

Specific topics pertaining to human capital development and human security were presented, with particular emphasis given to discussions on research methodology. Participants underlined the need for stronger cooperation to mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.

For more information, please refer to REDAP website (http://www.ascperu-redap.org/eventos.php)

APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference 2017

The next ASCC Conference will be hosted in Viet Nam. Information about the hosting agency, schedule of the Conference, and submission of Abstract for Presentations will be publicized as soon as they are available.

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)
Program Director
APEC Secretariat
Email: pp15@apec.org

Events

05 May 2016 APEC Study Center Consortium Conference Arequipa, Peru