INCLUSION FOCUS: Impactful Solutions Require Inclusive Conversations

Creating Economic Opportunity means ensuring that every person, in any community and in any economy can thrive. The APEC CEO Summit 2023 will focus on building opportunities and addressing challenges that impact workers, businesses, communities, and families, wherever they live and work in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Summit program will highlight the benefits of inclusion and diversity efforts. “As hosts of this year’s CEO Summit, the U.S. will shape the agenda and work toward solutions to create a more inclusive and resilient Asia-Pacific,” said Monica Hardy Whaley, President, National Center for APEC, which is hosting this year’s event.

High-level dialogues and intimate fireside chats featuring world leaders, business executives and thought leaders will focus on:

  • Economic growth for all
  • Opportunities for under-represented communities
  • SMEs as drivers of economic inclusion

The program will include keynote addresses from APEC leaders and CEOs, including Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Alfred F. Kelly, Jr., Executive Chairman of Visa and a co-chair of the APEC CEO Summit 2023, will also be among the speakers at the Summit addressing issues of inclusion and opportunity, notably equity and the future of digital finance.

“We believe that we will only achieve digital equity in the world when individuals and businesses have the opportunities, the skills and the trust to fully participate in the digital economy together,” he said.

Preview the APEC CEO Summit 2023 program agenda here. And click here to learn more about the Summit and to request your official invitation.


APEC Matters for America, America Matters for APEC (East-West Center)

The East-West Center, in collaboration with NCAPEC and the U.S. Department of State released the latest APEC Matters report, mapping the trade, investment, employment, business, diplomacy, security, education, tourism, and people-to-people connections between the U.S. and APEC at the national, state, and local levels.

Jump-starting US trade and economic engagement in the Indo-Pacific (Hinrich Foundation)

Wendy Cutler (Asia Society) and Clete Willems (Akin Gump) shared an op-ed explaining why the United States must intensify its economic and trade engagement in the Indo-Pacific.

SF gets ready to host APEC 2023, the ‘Super Bowl of World Economies’ in November (ABC 7 San Francisco)

ABC 7 highlights San Francisco’s preparations for up to 30,000 visitors expected to descend upon the city for APEC, including two dozen heads of state, a thousand CEOs, and hundreds of foreign journalists.

Outcomes of the U.S.-Hosted 2023 APEC Women and the Economy Forum (U.S. Department of State)

The U.S. Department of State shared the outcomes of the APEC Women in the Economy Forum in August. The event was designed to advance the host year priorities of “Inclusive, Innovative and Interconnected” to accelerate women’s economic empowerment, participation and leadership.

TIME World’s Best Companies (TIME)

TIME released its list of the world’s best companies in 2023, which includes a number of APEC CEO Summit 2023-participating companies including Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Meta, Microsoft, Pfizer and Salesforce.

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The deadline for the APEC CEO Summit 2023 is this week! Click now to request your official invitation by Friday, October 20, 2023.

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