• APEC CEO Summit 2023 speaker announcements + a program preview
  • A look ahead at Creating Economic Opportunity in APEC
  • News you can use ahead of the Summit
  • A look back at discussions coming out of SOM3 in Seattle

WHAT’S NEW: Top Executives Join APEC CEO Summit 2023 Lineup

As the Asia-Pacific’s premier business forum, the APEC CEO Summit 2023 will convene more than 1,200 business executives and world leaders from the region. This will include speakers from leading companies and organizations. Newly confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer
  • Jane Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Citi
  • Michael Miebach, Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard
  • Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited
  • Raj Subramaniam, President and Chief Executive Officer and Director, FedEx Corporation
  • Kathryn E. Wengel, Executive Vice President, Chief Technical Operations & Risk Officer,Johnson & Johnson
  • Darren W. Woods, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ExxonMobil Corporation

APEC Leaders invited to speak at the Summit include: The Presidents of the United States, China, Indonesia, Korea, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, and the Philippines; and The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Additional confirmed speakers, including executives from leading companies and world leaders, will be announced in the coming weeks.

THIS NOVEMBER: Creating Economic Opportunity Through APEC

The APEC CEO Summit 2023 is an opportunity to join world leaders and business executives in discussions focused on challenges and opportunities impacting communities across the Asia-Pacific region.

As Chair, the United States is hosting APEC for the first time since 2011, bringing together 21 economies from around the Asia-Pacific to collaborate on the shared goal of creating a more open, resilient, sustainable, and peaceful future for the people of the world’s most dynamic region. The U.S. government is organizing events to advance initiatives on climate change, economic inclusion, and digital transformation, under the theme: Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All.

The APEC CEO Summit 2023 will reflect APEC’s 21 members’ shared goal of Creating Economic Opportunity. Aligned with this goal, the summit will address issues that affect all communities in the region in four key pillars:

  1. Sustainability: Actionable climate-conscious solutions, biodiversity and resource efficiency
  2. Inclusion: Addressing the needs of small businesses, workers and underrepresented communities
  3. Resilience: Disaster readiness, strengthening supply chains and preparing economies for future challenges
  4. Innovation: Tech, global healthcare and digital transformation

The APEC CEO Summit 2023 will reinforce the value private sector engagement brings to APEC and its member economies, and reaffirm the importance of public-private dialogue in promoting global economic development and collaboration. Preview the APEC CEO Summit 2023 program agenda here.

The APEC CEO Summit is an invite only event. If you are interested in attending, click here to learn more and request an invitation.


Secretary Granholm: There is No Option but to Work Together to Save the Planet

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm opened the 13th APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting by calling on APEC members to address climate change by pursuing just energy transitions. 

Secretary Vilsack: Innovation and Technology are Key in Building Resilient Food System

The 8th APEC Food Security Ministerial Meeting focused on how APEC member economies can seek to increase agricultural productivity through innovative technology and sustainable practices.

APEC App Challenge: Charting New Paths for Digital Inclusion

The 7th annual APEC App Challenge enables youth to showcase how new digital tools can support micro, small and medium businesses to expand regionally and internationally.

Asia-Pacific leaders cap off trade meetings with Space Needle summit

By hosting high-level meetings in Seattle and San Francisco, the U.S. government and private sector have ensured digital is a primary focus at APEC this year. 

IN FOCUS: Collaboration + Inclusion: The Roadmap to a Better Future

More than 3,500 delegates including ministers, officials and experts from APEC member economies came together in Seattle from July 29 – August 21 for the Third Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM3) to discuss a range of topics impacting the Asia-Pacific. A common theme among participants was finding ways to collaborate on sustainable solutions to the world’s most high priority issues.

“The bottom line is, there is no option but to work together. Our greatest challenges can be our best opportunities, and none of us is alone in this fight to save the planet.” – Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy

Women and the Economy 

The second-ever Women and the Economy Forum took place 17-20 August. With an increased focus on inclusion, the forum emphasized the importance of continued investment into the entrepreneurial endeavors of women and girls.

“Evidence has established a link between women’s empowerment politically, socially, and economically…Those linkages make it very hard to argue against making the right investments in women.”  – Geeta Rao Gupta, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues 

The forum focused on evidence-backed data that shows programs prioritizing inclusive growth enhance the reputation of companies and governments alike.

Food Security and Climate Change

Technological advancements that support green solutions to agricultural challenges are critical to food and nutrition security. Agriculture and food ministers from across APEC convened to discuss food security and the impact of climate change, and how technological innovation can help to address them.

“Only by leveraging innovation and science, including biotechnology, can we provide our farmers, fishers, foresters and other producers with the tools they need to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience.” – Thomas Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Secretary Vilsack provided insight on how rural collaborators and farmers can benefit from sustainable, climate-smart policies and practices. He noted that these efforts will help to accelerate agricultural productivity, increase profits, and fight food insecurity.

The APEC App Challenge

In Seattle, the seventh annual APEC App challenge highlighted how young innovators are approaching APEC with a sense of urgency as they push the world to prioritize sustainable development methods that foster more resilience and a better future.

“For people under 30, APEC has been around for their entire lives and they will determine the future of the region. Our engagement with the youth has never been more crucial” – Rebecca Sta Maria, Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

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