APEC 2021 provides opportunities for New Zealand businesses to connect with international visitors, provide sponsorship, or supply goods and services for the event.

Gain valuable connections from APEC 2021

Hosting APEC provides unparalleled opportunities for business leaders to meet and engage in dialogue with APEC Economy Leaders, Ministers, and high-level government officials, through APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and the CEO Summit.

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


The Government will be seeking sponsorship for the host year.

We intend to announce sponsorship opportunities in August 2019. Details will be published on this page.

Sponsorship will be in line with the APEC Secretariat sponsorship principles.

Opportunities for suppliers (procurement)

APEC 2021 includes opportunities for suppliers in the following areas:

  • Providing vehicles
  • Host broadcaster services for Leaders’ Week
  • Audio visual services
  • Parking facilities
  • ICT services
  • Catering
  • Communications and branding
  • Translation services
  • Photography
  • Venue fit-outs
  • Security

How we choose suppliers

Our selection procedures follow the New Zealand Government Rules of Sourcing to ensure transparent, efficient, effective and fair use of public funds.

The Ministry sources suppliers through open tender opportunities, closed competitive tenders, supplier panels, including all-of-government panels, syndicated contracts and sole sourcing where appropriate. 

See tender opportunities

We’ll post open tender opportunities on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website (external link).

Email us at commercial@mfat.govt.nz if you have questions about supplying goods and services for APEC 2021.

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.

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.