New Zealand is chairing APEC in 2021 and Rachel Taulelei will the Chair of ABAC.  To do this effectively we need to:

1. Hear what business needs to be successful in the Asia Pacific 

ABAC NZ wants to hear the policy views of New Zealand business and to use these to shape ABAC’s recommendations to APEC. The three New Zealand Members will sit alongside counterparts from APEC’s 21 economies and speak directly to APEC’s Economic Leaders. The views advanced by New Zealand business will inform the perspectives communicated by the three New Zealand Members, and in that way, help advance the ABAC work programme.

2. Get ‘air time’ for Māori business

APEC is particularly relevant to the $50 billion Māori economy. Engaging Māori business with ABAC’s agenda will help make our work more relevant and responsive to Māori economic concerns and development aspirations.  Our hope is that improving the visibility of the Māori economy within ABAC will also help raise the visibility of indigenous people across the region.

3. Advance ABAC in a distinctively Kiwi way

Three broad themes have been developed to carry the business conversation in ABAC in a way that is both distinctive and relevant: 

Tāngata, Taiao me te Taurikura (People, Place and Prosperity).

These themes provide an umbrella for more specific topics that ABAC NZ is developing for ABAC as a whole.  

The following diagrams illustrate how ABAC NZ’s priorities as Chair will translate into the ABAC work programme carried out by ABAC’s five working groups in the areas of Regional Economic Integration, Sustainability, Inclusion, Digital and Economy.

ABAC NZ is keen to hear from NZ business sectors about their interests in the ABAC work programme in 2021.


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