Committee on Trade and Investment

The Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) was established in November 1993 by the Declaration of an APEC Trade and Investment Framework. APEC Leaders and Ministers direct its work and APEC Senior Officials provide guidance. The scope of the CTI’s work was expanded and further clarified by the Osaka Action Agenda in 1995.

The CTI provides a forum for APEC’s 21 member economies to deliberate trade and policy issues. It works to reduce impediments to business activity in the areas outlined by the Osaka Action Agenda, with the objective of helping APEC economies achieve free and open trade and investment. The objectives of CTI are to

  1. Create a coherent APEC perspective and voice on global trade and investment issues and increase cooperation among members on key issues.
  2. Pursue opportunities to
    1. Liberalize and expand trade, facilitate a more open environment for investment and develop initiatives to improve the flow of goods, services, capital and technology within the region
    2. Consult on issues of importance on that context and develop consensus to expand and strengthen these flows within the region and globally
    3. Reduce and remove distortions that impede these flows in a manner consistent with applicable General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) principles.

The CTI oversees eight sub-groups:

Three industry dialogues:

Last page update: September 2019

Current Activities

CTI’s priorities and key activities include:

  • Support for the multilateral trading system
  • Advancing regional economic integration, including implementing the Lima Declaration on the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific
  • Trade facilitation and strengthening connectivity and infrastructure
  • Promoting innovative development and inclusive approaches
  • Engagement with the business sector and industry dialogues.

An overview of the work of the CTI and its 11 working groups—the dialogues, initiatives and achievements made in 2018—are encapsulated in the 2018 CTI Annual Report to Ministers endorsed at the APEC Annual Ministers Meeting in November 2018.

These CTI initiatives have been endorsed in 2019 or are currently under implementation

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