(2.6 billion people),
approximately 60% of world GDP (US$19, 254 billion)
and about 47% of world trade. It
proudly represents the most economically
dynamic region in the world.
21 Member Economies are Australia; Brunei
Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of
China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic
of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New
Guinea; Peru; The Republic of the Philippines; The
Russian Federation; Singapore; Chinese Taipei;
Thailand; United States of America; Viet Nam.
established in 1989 to further enhance economic
growth and prosperity for the region and to
strengthen the Asia-Pacific community. Since
its inception, APEC has worked to reduce tariffs and
other trade barriers across the Asia-Pacific region
creating efficient domestic economies and
dramatically increasing exports. APEC also
works to create an environment for the safe and
efficient movement of goods, services and people
across borders in the region through policy
alignment and economic and technical cooperation.
the only inter-governmental grouping in the world
that operates on the basis of non-binding commitments,
open dialogue and equal respect for the views of all
participants. Unlike the WTO or other
multilateral trade bodies, APEC has no treaty
obligations required of its participants.
Decisions made within APEC are reached by consensus,
and commitments are undertaken on a voluntary basis.
In its mission to influence regional
policies, research and publishing are important parts of APECís
operations. The APEC Secretariat in Singapore
and APEC Study Centers located at Universities and
Institutions in APEC member countries produce
authoritative studies on member Asian and Pacific
Rim Countries. Studies are produced by
research staff, university researchers, and some are
contracted out to expert consultants.
studies cover many facets of Asian economies -
finance, trade, environment, human resources
development, best practices in government, education
and women's studies to name a few. They also
produce many industry specific studies - Internet,
technology, telecommunications, fisheries, and
tourism to name a very few.
studies in this database service include the
full-text of the studies, as well as all statistical
tables, color graphs - even satellite photographs.
The database also includes APEC meeting notes and
papers documenting APEC operations.
For further information,