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 the United States; Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; The Philippines; Russia; Singapore; South Korea; Taiwan; Thailand; and Viet Nam.

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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