APEC NZ is focused on advancing an innovative and responsive trade and policy agenda to support New Zealand businesses and our longer term COVID-19 recovery.

As we work through the details for running APEC in 2021 using a virtual meeting approach, this page will be updated with opportunities for businesses across New Zealand to get involved.

Vietnam APEC CEO summit roundtable
APEC dialogue with business. Photo courtesy of APEC Secretariat www.apec.org (external link)

APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)

To deliver economic integration that works for all we must also closely align business smarts with government action.

ABAC was created by the APEC Economic Leaders in November 1995 to provide advice on the implementation of the Osaka Action Agenda and on other specific business sector priorities. ABAC's role is also to respond when the various APEC fora request information about business-related issues or to provide the business perspective on specific areas of cooperation.

ABAC comprises up to three members of the private sector from each economy.

New Zealand's current representatives are:

  • Chair: Rachel Taulelei
  • Malcolm Johns
  • Toni Moyes

The combination of APEC and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) is unique and business is more intrinsically integrated than in any other organisation including the G20 and the OECD. Many of APEC’s biggest and best ideas have come from ABAC.