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2023 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week: Media Registration Open

APEC Secretariat Singapore | 15 September 2023

Branding 2023 APEC Seattle

Media registration for the 2023 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week (AELW) to be held in San Francisco from 11-17 November is now open. The United States President Joseph R. Biden, Jr will chair the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

The United States Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen will host the Finance Ministers’ Meeting, while the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai will host their foreign and trade counterparts for the APEC Ministerial Meeting. AELW will also feature the APEC CEO Summit and APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders.


APEC member economies will convene in San Francisco under the theme of “Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All.” Guided by this theme, the 2023 host year has focused on three overarching policy priorities to ensure an “interconnected, innovative, and inclusive” Asia-Pacific region. The AELW will mark the culmination of the US host year.

APEC economies account for nearly 40 percent of the global population, or about 3 billion people, and nearly 50 percent of global trade, and businesses from APEC economies have invested more than $1.7 trillion in the United States, employing 2.3 million American workers.

Accreditation and Access

AELW is principally taking place at the Moscone Center with additional events occurring at other venues across the San Francisco Bay Area. To access any AELW event, all media members will require an AELW-issued credential for access, regardless of existing federal or official identification. 

All media representatives interested in covering AELW, or accessing the Moscone Center, must have a media credential. Interested media should apply for a credential no later than Friday, 6 October at 17:30 Eastern Time (GMT-5)Access the Accreditation Application Form here. It is encouraged that all media organizations are to ensure accreditation is submitted for additional personnel/correspondents in case of contingencies (e.g., illness, assignment rotations, etc.). No late or last-minute exceptions will be permitted.

Media directly covering their respective member economy should register as “economy media” directly with their economy, and not through this independent media process.

Digital “passport-style” photographs (clear, color, and recent) will be required for submission at a minimum dimension of 120 pixels x 150 pixels at 150 dpi. An image file is required to submit the Application Form to attend AELW. The photo background must be plain— white/grey are recommended—with no hat or head covering permitted. We ask that you do not upload scanned images of actual documents (e.g., passports/driver’s licenses). The application will also solicit additional personal information (e.g., full legal name, date of birth, gender, national identification or passport number, city of residence, etc.). These fields will be required, and all required fields must be completed in order to submit your form.

Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee or constitute approval, and AELW accreditation is independent of the visa process necessary for travel to the United States. Visa approval does not guarantee AELW accreditation, nor vice-versa.

Any organization accrediting more than ten (10) individuals to AELW should inquire to [email protected] by Thursday, 21 September for a “Registered Organizer” account to streamline their organization’s credentialing process.

Due to significant capacity limitations, most coverage opportunities at AELW will be pooled, and the selection of pool participants will be at the determination of individual attending economies. Approval of media accreditation will permit access to the International Media Center but does not guarantee access to specific AELW events.

Additional details regarding security, credential pick-up, arrival logistics, and operational hours/pre-set arrangements will be transmitted to accredited media.

AELW Schedule 

Media representatives should expect various media opportunities, beginning at approximately 8:00 Pacific Time (GMT-8) and ending at 17:00 Pacific Time (GMT-8) each day on 11-17 November. Media coverage opportunities will be announced as they become available and are generally expected to be offered on a pooled basis only. 

  • 11 November: International Media Center opens, Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting (CSOM) Day 1
  • 12 November: Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) Day 1, CSOM Day 2, CSOM News Conference, APEC Regional Trends Analysis News Conference
  • 13 November: FMM Day 2, Finance Minister Chair’s News Conference, APEC State of the Region Report News Conference
  • 14 November: APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) Day 1 
  • 15 November:  APEC Ministerial Meeting Day 2, AMM Chairs’ News Conference, Welcome Reception with Leaders, Ministers and CEO
  • 16 November: APEC Economic Leaders’ Informal Dialogue with Guests, APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders, Leaders’ Dinner
  • 17 November: APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM), International Media Center Closes

Key media events:

Opening remarks by the meeting chairs, news conferences and photo opportunities for AELM, AMM and CSOM will be open to accredited media. News conferences may be scheduled after the conclusion of each meeting. Parallel briefings, interview opportunities and other media activities will also be available. Specific timing and venue details are forthcoming.

To request one-on-one broadcast and print interviews with US Government officials or the State Department’s Asia-Pacific spokespeople, media representatives may write [email protected].

Participating economies may schedule informal or formal media opportunities throughout the duration of AELW. 

APEC CEO Summit 2023

The National Center for APEC (NCAPEC) will host the annual APEC CEO Summit, 14-16  November at the Moscone Center West. The APEC CEO Summit will bring CEOs, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and other stakeholders together with senior political leaders from the Asia-Pacific region for two days of business dialogue on global opportunities and challenges that are shaping economic, environmental, and societal trends in the region. The APEC CEO Summit will focus on “Creating Economic Opportunity” and feature a lineup of dynamic and diverse speakers who will highlight sustainability, inclusion, resilience, and innovation. The accompanying APEC CEO Summit exhibition will showcase pioneering solutions and technologies that can help drive equitable growth.

All media who wish to attend the APEC CEO Summit will be required to obtain both AELW credentials and separate APEC CEO Summit credentials provided by NCAPEC. The APEC CEO Summit accreditation process will begin after the AELW accreditation process closes. Due to capacity limitations, not all media who request to attend will be admitted. For additional information on the APEC CEO Summit media, reach out to organizers at [email protected].

APEC Multistakeholder Forum

The inaugural APEC Multistakeholder Forum (AMF) will be held in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club of California from 10-13 November. Organized in partnership with the APEC Secretariat and World Affairs, stakeholder groups from across APEC economies will participate in robust dialogue on the sidelines of the AELW. The AMF will tackle the pressing challenge of “working through a just transition” amidst the global shift to net-zero carbon economies. Media registration for this event is handled by World Affairs and is separate from the AELW accreditation process. Media can submit their interest by emailing [email protected].For more information about the AMF, visit

APEC University Leaders’ Forum

This high-level dialogue among university presidents, CEOs, policy leaders, and top researchers aims to produce new insights and identify the partnerships needed for investing in conservation and restoration of our biodiversity across the Pacific Ocean under the theme: “Investing in Tomorrow’s Biodiversity.” The University of California Davis, the University of California Santa Cruz, and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) will co-host the forum on Monday, 13 November at the Commonwealth Club of California. Media can submit their interest by emailing APRU Media and Communications at [email protected]. For more information, visit

International Media Center (IMC), HostTV

The United States will provide an International Media Center (IMC) within the Moscone Center, consisting of unassigned workspace and live shot/stand-up broadcast positions. Unassigned workstations are available at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will include complimentary wireless internet access and power outlets (North American 120V).

Media organizations wishing to inquire about live/broadcast locations or parking availability for live transmission vehicles should utilize the media services rate card by no later than Monday, 23 October; the rate card form requires organizations to indicate the type of vehicle and length. Due to security restrictions, satellite trucks will be required to remain parked overnight for the duration of AELW.

HostTV: The United States will make available video and still images of public AELW events, including APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting opportunities as “clean” (no graphics/chyrons) in NTSC 1080i on a complimentary basis. HostTV events will be streamed live and available for download. 

Additional services beyond those provided complimentary (e.g., high-speed wired/wireless internet, interview space bookable by the hour, additional power, or custom workspace) will be available on a fee-for-purchase basis through the media services rate card. To purchase additional services, media representative may register through this link. the deadline for rate card orders is Monday, 23 October.

Read the full media accreditation details in this link.


For further details, please contact:

Masyitha Baziad +65 9751 2146 at [email protected]
Michael Chapnick +65 9647 4847 at [email protected]

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