How do you see trade in your life?
Trade is often linked to complicated statistics, but it also touches lives in a more personal way. Through the annual APEC Photo Contest 2013, we invite you to show us how trade is reflected in the lives and people of the region.
As the premier trade and economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region, APEC facilitates trade, investment and economic integration among diverse economies. This process brings us the products we enjoy faster and more inexpensively, improves our livelihoods through new jobs, encourages green technologies for a sustainable future, and connects us seamlessly by air, land, sea and e-commerce.
Each year, APEC and its host economy select specific priorities to focus on. This year, Indonesia hosts APEC under the theme “Resilient Asia-Pacific, Engine of Global Growth”, which reflects the region’s dynamism and its ability to drive global economic recovery.
Now, we invite you to share your photographic interpretation of APEC Indonesia’s 2013 priorities:
1. SUSTAINING THE MOMENTUM TOWARD FREE AND OPEN TRADE BY 2020
In 1994, APEC’s Economic Leaders committed to opening up trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific by 2010 for developed economies and by 2020 for developing economies.
Today, that momentum continues as APEC keeps strengthening the trading system across economies and boosting reforms of institutional frameworks, regulations, and policies. As tariffs come down, APEC is increasingly turning to behind-the-border barriers such as enhancing electronic processing of government permits or ensuring transparency in government regulations.
By improving the efficiency and economic performance of member economies, APEC helps to build a seamless regional economy that brings the benefits of trade to all.
2. MOVING TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITH EQUITY
Amidst the global financial crisis, APEC seeks to respond comprehensively to rising challenges with a growth strategy that is sustainable and inclusive. Sustainable growth with equity is about quality growth – ensuring economic growth is relevant to vulnerable sectors in the economy, such as women and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
This entails enhancing SMEs’ global competitiveness through innovation and tapping women’s productivity in the economy, as well as working on ensuring financial inclusion. As part of this priority, APEC also supports green growth through the adoption of green technologies, promotes sustainable ocean development, while strengthening the supply and production of food and improving access to health services.
3. IMPROVING CONNECTIVITY
To increase output and productivity, APEC will pursue efforts to link existing growth centers and build new ones across the region. This means improving physical connectivity through the construction of infrastructure like ports, roads, transport networks, but also enhancing connectivity amongst government institutions and systems, as well as people-to-people connectivity.
APEC’s efforts will include the development of infrastructure, facilitation and promotion of infrastructure investment, including infrastructure for connectivity in the Pacific Ocean as a major link between economies in the region.
In 2012, we invited you to reflect on regional economic integration, strengthening food security, establishing reliable supply chains, and innovative growth. We received some stunning photos that capture these priorities through your eyes. Check out last year’s winning photos.
Ready to enter?
Submission for the APEC Photo Contest 2013 begins on 1 July 2013. You can send up to three of your best shots, with each photo representing your interpretation of any one of the three APEC priorities for 2013. These priorities may seem technical at first glance, but the challenge lies in capturing their very real presence and impact in our lives.
The Judging Panel will select the Judges' Prize winners, who will have the opportunity for their photos to be showcased in APEC publications. In addition, the first prize winner will receive S$2,000, while second and third prize winners will receive S$1,500 and S$1,000 respectively. Submission closes on 16 August 2013.
Want to pick your own winner?
On 2 September 2013, you can view the 10 short-listed photos on www.facebook.com/APECnews. Vote for your favorite picture and share it with your family and friends. Voters will also stand to win prizes in a lucky draw. Public voting period ends 22 September 2013.
The photo that garners the most votes will receive the APEC Popular Choice Award, along with a SG$1,000 prize.
Please read the Rules and find out more about the Judging Panel.