The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) is an independent high-level group of business people who advise leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on priority issues for business in the region.

NZIBF provides advice and support to New Zealand’s three ABAC members and the Executive Director serves as Alternate Member.On these pages you can find out more about how ABAC works, about New Zealand’s ABAC team and our priorities and work programme for 2021.  We’re keen to hear from you !

Introducing the ABAC team

How ABAC works

Key Documents

ABAC Themes and Priorities for 2021

Links

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NZIBF 2021 Chair Report

We look forward to continuing to maximise opportunities for nurturing and growing New Zealand business’ integration in global markets.

Let’s try that again: Happy new year!

We end the year with a high degree of uncertainty about the new variant and with supply chains continuing to feel the impact of high shipping costs and logistical challenges.

A little breathing room at the WTO

The emergence of Omicron has meant that the WTO Ministerial Conference has been put on hold – leaving in limbo key decisions about pandemic trade responses and fish subsidies (not to mention agriculture). But there is some good news: members have finalised a deal to cut red tape for services exporters, and launched a new platform to help small businesses.

An Open Letter to Trade Minister O’Connor

We write this open letter to express the strong support of the New Zealand business community for ambitious outcomes at the Twelfth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (“MC12”).

APEC – ‘A POWERFUL EXAMPLE OF COMMUNITY’ – BUSINESS FORUM

In a year of unprecedented challenge, New Zealand’s leadership in APEC and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) has helped the region to weather the storm of the pandemic and secure a better foundation for the future

Five Minutes to MC12

In a fortnight’s time, Ministers from the 164 members of the World Trade Organisation will gather for the Twelfth Ministerial Conference (“MC12”) in Geneva.

APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration

This year APEC economies have reaffirmed their commitment to join together; to respond to the immediate crisis generated by the pandemic through urgent work.