APEC: Introduction

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade, and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC's 21 member economies are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.

Established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional economic blocs, APEC works towards a higher standard of living and higher education levels through sustainable economic growth.

Number of Member Countries: 21
Headquarters: Singapore
Region(s): Asia, North America, Oceania, South America
Founding Document: Preliminary Meeting Statement
Composition: Plurilateral
Coverage: Goods & Services
Website: APEC

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