APEC members engage in economic and technical cooperation to facilitate the development and implementation of measures that promote trade, investment and sustainable growth, bridging gaps in their level of development and available resources.

The APEC Senior Officials' Meeting Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) coordinates and manages APEC members' economic and technical cooperation (ECOTECH) agenda, which is outlined in the Osaka Action Agenda. In 1996, an APEC Framework for Strengthening Economic Cooperation and Development was adopted to guide members in implementing the Osaka Action Agenda.

The objectives of the SCE are to:

  • support implementation of APEC's ECOTECH activities by prioritizing work based on the commitments made by Leaders' and Ministers, and overseeing the work of APEC fora;
  • provide policy guidance on ways to contribute to APEC's ECOTECH goals;
  • coordinate ECOTECH objectives and priorities between the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting and APEC ministerial meetings;

In 2010, Senior Officials endorsed a new Framework to Guide ECOTECH activities to guide APEC-funded capacity building and all ECOTECH activities. This framework adopted a holistic approach by:

  1. Revising APEC ECOTECH priorities
  2. Introducing a uniform set of criteria for all project funding, where funding is based on the link between proposals and APEC’s core objectives.

Within this framework, the following medium-term ECOTECH priorities are established for the period of 2015-2019 :

Cross-cutting priorities

1. developing human capital through capacity building

2. developing and strengthening the dynamism of SMEs

3. harnessing technologies for the future and supporting innovation

4. inclusive growth - addressing the social dimension of globalization, health, gender

Workstream priorities

5. regional economic integration

6. structural reform

7. safeguarding the quality of life through sustainable growth

8. human security.

These medium-term priorities will be reviewed again in 2019.

Additional Background on SCE:

The SCE was first established as the SOM Sub-Committee for Economic and Technical Cooperation in 1998. In 2002, this was elevated to the SOM Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation. In 2005, the ESC was strengthened and transformed into the SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH (SCE). In 2012, the SCE conducted an internal review of its working mechanisms and new Terms of Reference were endorsed, which was reconfirmed in 2016.

Last page update: 31 October 2016

Current Activities

Implementing Capacity Building Policy

In 2015, the SCE and the SOM agreed on the “Policy on APEC’s Capacity Building through Economic and Technical Cooperation, which will guide capacity building policy of APEC. It has fifteen operational principles and five policy guidance on APEC-funded projects.

The SCE and the SOM also established a set of procedures to implement this Policy. A BMC Small Working Group has been set up to explore options to implement certain aspects of this policy and SCE actively participated in this implementation. SCE members provided their inputs into the substantive discussions of BMC Small Working Group in the areas of project management and financing. In 2016, SCE agreed to hold a Joint BMC-SCE meeting in the margins of SOM1 in 2017.  

Promotion of cross-cutting agenda

SCE and the APEC Secretariat have been facilitating cross-fora collaboration through SCE COW, the Lead-Shepherds and Chairs’ Meeting, cross-cutting map of initiatives and identification of areas for creating synergies for cooperation. SCE explored additional measures to promote such collaboration. These efforts came to fruition when the third meeting of SCE decided to take concrete steps including more efficient use of SCE COW gathering, promotion of various IT facilities, request for considering premium for cross-fora projects, and continued encouragement of cross-fora meetings and cross-participation. SCE and SOM also extended the mandate of Mainstreaming Ocean-related Issues Steering Council by two more years till 2018.

Independent Assessment of APEC fora

  • SCE reviewed the current program of Independent Assessment with view to strengthening its organizational focus and streamlining the procedures for efficiency and effectiveness. These efforts produced the first draft of the Decision for a new system in June 2016. “Decisions by the SCE on Fora Assessment” was adopted at the third SCE meeting in August 2016. In accordance with the Decisions, SCE and the Secretariat will develop a standardized program for assessment in 2017, which will be used for annual assessment from 2018. The new annual assessment directly involves Senior Officials through a small team within SCE and includes strengthened follow-up on the recommendations and an optional Comprehensive Review after a round of assessments on the SCE fora.


ECOTECH Projects by Priorities 2016


Ivan Pomaleu (Ambassador)
SCE Chair 2017
PNG Senior Official
PNG APEC Secretariat, Papua New Guinea
Email: pomaleu@gmail.com
Jonghan Park (Mr)
Program Director
APEC Secretariat
Email: pjh14@apec.org


Second Senior Official's Meeting
Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on APEC Towards 2020 and Beyond
SOM Friends of the Chair (FotC) on Urbanization - Workshop on Developing the Methodology for Measuring and Realizing the Sustainability of Cities in the APEC Region
First APEC Senior Officials' Meeting
The United States Leader's Arrival
Thailand Leader´s Arrival
Russia Leader´s Arrival
Papua New Guinea Leader´s Arrival
New Zealand Leader's Arrival
Mexico Leader's Arrival
Malaysia Leader's Arrival
Japan Leader's Arrival
Indonesia Leader´s Arrival
China Leader's Arrival
Chile Leader's Arrival
Canada Leader's Arrival
Brunei Leader's Arrival
Australia Leader´s Arrival
Viet Nam Leader´s Arrival
Philippines Leader´s Arrival
APEC Ministerial Meeting 2016
Singapore Leader´s Arrival
Chinese Taipei Leader´s Arrival
APEC leaders Week Agenda and Regional Trend
Concluding Senior Officials´ Meeting (CSOM)
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APEC Senior Officials Lay Groundwork for New Era of Growth
Skills Training Boosts Livelihoods in the Asia-Pacific
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APEC Launches New Assault on Inequality
APEC Commercialization Push Augurs Enhanced Medical Innovation and Public Health
Senior Officials Set APEC’s 2015 Agenda Priorities
Typhoon Hagupit Brings Increasing Disaster Risk into APEC’s focus
President Aquino: APEC Philippines 2015 to Build More “Inclusive Economies”
APEC After 25 Years: A Look Backward and a Thought Forward
APEC Leaders Issue Declaration in Beijing
The 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting
Xi to APEC Leaders: Inject New Vitality into Asia-Pacific Development
APEC Leaders, Business Engage on Future of Regional Economy
The 22nd APEC Economic Leader’s Meeting: Welcome Ceremony
Viet Nam President Sang: APEC Moving Towards Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific
Xi: Asia-Pacific Stands at a Crossroads
APEC CEO Summit 2014
Viet Nam President Sang on APEC and the Changing Asia-Pacific Landscape
26th APEC Ministerial Meeting
The 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting: The Yanqi Lake Venue in Beijing, China
APEC Joint Ministerial Statement Issued
APEC Ministers: World Needs Greater Asia-Pacific Partnership
Singapore Prime Minister Lee: APEC Has Come a Long Way
2014 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week Opens in Beijing
Former Japan Prime Minister Kan on the Future of Asia-Pacific Growth
2014 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week Program Detailed
25 Years of Progress in the Asia-Pacific
3rd APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security
Former Philippines President Ramos: new development challenges “common enemies”
Former Philippines President Ramos on APEC progress and new challenges
APEC Senior Officials finalizing platform for new growth
APEC in Beijing to accelerate global recovery
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APEC Trade Ministers adopt Qingdao Statement
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Photo Journal: Interview with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill
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Regional officials assess the future of APEC
APEC in the 21st Century Asia-Pacific Conference
Analysis of APEC actions to meet new economic conditions
APEC Leaders release declaration: Resilient Asia-Pacific, Engine of Global Growth
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APEC Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting
APEC SOM-ABAC/PECC Dialogue on Services
APEC SOM Symposium on Connectivity in the Asia-Pacific Region
APEC Dialogue on Infrastructure Development and Investment
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APEC officials in Kazan: expanding trade, protecting food supplies
APEC weighs in on WTO’s Third Global Review of Aid for Trade
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APEC, World Bank sign agreement to boost food safety
APEC SME Green Innovation Conference
Securing food supplies in the Asia Pacific
APEC partners with Singapore on disaster management
Paving the way for financial inclusion
US Secretary of State Clinton outlines strategy for economic engagement with Asia-Pacific
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Q&A with Japan: Reflecting on APEC 2010
New APEC investment guide to promote transparency
APEC's Role in Regional Development - Challenges and Prospects for Regional Cooperation
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APEC's growth strategy for the Asia-Pacific region
Deepening Regional Economic Integration - Charting the Road Ahead
Structural reform: Appreciating gains with eyes on the future
Strengthening Policy Guidance for Economic and Technical Cooperation
Letter from the Executive Office of the APEC Secretariat
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Leading International Organisations to Lend Support to Region's Smallest Businesses


29 Aug 2017 Third Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
28 Aug 2017 Symposium on Promoting Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
27 Aug 2017 SOM Dialogue on RTAs and FTAs Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
27 Aug 2017 SOM Friends of the Chair (FotC) on Connectivity Meeting Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
25 Aug 2017 SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH (SCE) Meeting Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
24 Aug 2017 SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH (SCE) – Policy Dialogue on Bridging Gap in Economic Development and Integration of Remote Areas for Sustainable Growth in the APEC Region Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
17 May 2017 Second Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM2) Ha Noi, Viet Nam
14 May 2017 SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH (SCE) Meeting Ha Noi, Viet Nam
01 Mar 2017 SOM Friends of the Chair (FoTC) on Connectivity Nha Trang, Viet Nam
01 Mar 2017 SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH (SCE) Nha Trang, Viet Nam
28 Feb 2017 SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH - Committee of the Whole (SCE-COW) Pre- Meetings (Morning) SCE-COW Meeting (Afternoon) Nha Trang, Viet Nam