APEC 2023: Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All


About the Hybrid Seminar

The United States is host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 2023. Under the theme “Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All”, APEC member economies are working towards building a more interconnected, innovative, and inclusive APEC region.

The seminar will begin with a discussion of the economic outlook in the APEC region from the latest update of the APEC Regional Trends Analysis (ARTA)—the flagship publication of the APEC Policy Support Unit. The February 2023 update shows that the APEC region is projected to significantly weaken in the near term following strong growth in 2021 as downside risks dominate. Stubborn inflation, higher interest rates, and debt combined with sluggish trade and investments impact the economic outlook. The seminar will also introduce the three streams of policy priorities for APEC 2023. This will be followed by a discussion on Singapore’s priorities and how Singapore is supporting the US Chairmanship.

About the Speakers

Title: APEC Regional Trends Analysis (ARTA) February 2023 Update

Carlos Kuriyama is Director of APEC Policy Support Unit (PSU), which is the policy research and analysis arm of APEC. In this position, he heads a team of skilled professionals that provides high quality evidence-based research and technical support to APEC Senior Officials, Committees and Working Groups.

Mr Kuriyama was formerly a Senior Analyst at PSU. Prior to that, he was an official of Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism where he served as Lead Negotiator of the Peru-China FTA negotiations, General Coordinator of the Peru-Singapore FTA negotiations, and Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade. As an Associate Researcher and Lecturer in Economics at Universidad del Pacifico, he wrote extensively and participated in research projects on trade, investment and integration issues for several domestic and international institutions.

Mr Kuriyama holds a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, USA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico, Peru.

Title: The Singapore Perspective for APEC 2023

Foo Cher How represents Singapore for the Committee for Trade and Investment at APEC. He is currently serving as the Deputy Director for the Multilateral Trade Policy Division at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore. In his current role, he leads a team in overseeing the portfolio of APEC, G20 and WTO.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr Foo was the Deputy Director for the Southeast Asia and Oceania Division, where he led a team in furthering Singapore’s bilateral economic, trade and investment interests in the Southeast Asia and Oceania region.

Mr Foo was Singapore’s lead negotiator for the Chapter on Small & Medium Enterprises as well as the Chapter on Economic and Technical Cooperation for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. He was also Singapore’s lead negotiator for the ASEAN E-Commerce Agreement.


This is a hybrid event which will be held at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS).

Attending the Event In-person at ISEAS

To join the event in-person at ISEAS, please register via the ISEAS mobile app, available on iOS and Android via the Apple or Play store. Search “ISEAS” to find or scan this QR code.

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Seating capacity is limited. Do register early to avoid disappointment.

Attending the Event Virtually via Webinar

To join the event virtually at the specified date and time using your internet devices, please register here to receive your unique login link for the webinar via the zoom platform.

If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speaker during the Q&A session.


Mar 30 2023


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2 / Webinar