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Committee on Trade and Investment


At the Third CTI meeting, WTO Deputy Director-General, Anabel González, provided an update on the outcomes of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference while Ambassador Pimchanok Nan Pitfield, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the WTO & WIPO, shared views on how APEC could support and make progress on the outcomes.

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 (OAA) in 1995 and the Aotearoa Plan of Action (APA) in 2021.

The CTI is 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 OAA and promote trade and investment as stated in the APA, with the aim of helping APEC economies achieve free and open trade and investment while pursuing the Putrajaya Vision 2040. The objectives of CTI are to:

  • Create a coherent APEC perspective and voice on global trade and investment issues and increase cooperation among members on key issues.
  • Pursue opportunities to
    • 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
    • Consult on issues of importance on that context and develop consensus to expand and strengthen these flows within the region and globally
    • Reduce and remove distortions which impede these flows

The CTI oversees eight sub-groups

The CTI oversees three industry dialogues

Last page update: October 2022


Blake van VELDEN (Mr)

CTI Chair 2022-2023
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade,
New Zealand
[email protected]

Benjamin TAN (Mr)
Program Director

Current Activities

CTI’s priorities and key activities

  • Support for the multilateral trading system
  • Advancing regional economic integration, including on the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific Agenda
  • 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 subfora—the dialogues, initiatives and achievements made in 2021—are encapsulated in the 2021 CTI Annual Report to Ministers.

Activities in 2022

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