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APEC is committed to making it easier and more efficient to do business in the Asia-Pacific region. This section contains easy-to-use business information and tools and is designed to help entrepreneurs build their business by leveraging APEC's expertise and resources.
Business does not get done by corporate vision alone; partnerships between the public and private sector are a key step toward ensuring a sustainable, win-win economic environment for all, especially the consumer.
You are encouraged to get involved with the APEC process. Your contributions will provide a valuable business perspective on APEC activities and help promote economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Currently business contributes to a number of key APEC issues from energy to telecommunications and further opportunities exist across the range of APEC activities for business involvement.
To participate in the APEC process, please contact us.
APEC working level groups, comprising experts from the APEC region have developed a series of business tools to assist with key business decisions.
The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) allows business travelers pre-cleared, facilitated short-term entry to participating member economies. The ABTC removes the need to individually apply for visas or entry permits, saving valuable time, and allows multiple entries into participating economies during the five years the card is valid. Card holders also benefit from faster immigration processing on arrival via access to fast-track entry and exit through special APEC lanes at major airports in participating economies.
The APEC Business Travel Card webpage provides information regarding basic eligibility criteria and procedures for applying for an ABTC. The ABTC economy entry information table provides a summary of the entry requirements for ABTC holders entering APEC member economies. ABTC economy contact information is also available on this webpage.
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mutual Recognition Arrangement (EEMRA)
APEC member economies' mandatory requirements on regulated electrical and electronic products are provided in a standardized format to assist those who may wish to export electrical and electronic products to that economy.
Individual Action Plans of APEC economies provide information on current government procurement policies and procedures in each of these economies.
These comprehensive set of links to import regulation information in APEC member economies aim to make it easier for importers and exporters to access information before trading in the Asia-Pacific region.
To ensure that businesses are adequately rewarded and protected across borders, consult the Intellectual Property Rights Experts' Group IP Information Center. The center provides information about the intellectual property regimes and key contacts in APEC member economies.
The 2010 Guide to Investment Regimes of APEC Member Economies (2nd Revision), provides valuable information about the investment environments of APEC member economies.
The Investment Experts Group maintains a set of links to investment-related information in APEC economies and is geared to providing businesspeople with current additional information.
Standardization and Regulatory Bodies
The Standards and Conformance information provides information on member economies' contacts in international standardization bodies and links to economies' regulatory bodies on various sectors.
APEC economies developed a set of General Transparency Standards that committed members to such measures as publishing all laws and regulation, and establishing appeal mechanisms for administrative decisions. There are nine sets of Area-Specific Transparency Standards that economies are working towards: Services, Investment, Competition Policy and Regulatory Reform, Standards and Conformance, Intellectual Property, Customs Procedures, Market Access, Business Mobility and Government Procurement. Access member economies' completed assessment templates that are available for download.