Economic Recovery in APEC Economies Amid Uncertainties


About the Webinar

APEC Economies appear to be on a delicate path of recovery. Cost of living concerns continue to remain a worrying factor. Global economic recovery coupled with tense geopolitical factors have also affected trade performance, policies, and relations. Firms have also been changing their supply-chain strategies in response to trade constraints. In addition, extreme weather conditions have impacted on food security as well as bringing with it droughts, heatwaves, floods, and wildfires.

What are some of the main risks identified by regional policy experts in the State of the Region Report by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)? What are also some of the issues that APEC Leaders should address in the upcoming meeting in November 2023? Have APEC economies made much progress in supporting the multilateral trading system and also in promoting economic integration during APEC USA 2023? What are some recent achievements in promoting connectivity, digitalisation and innovation in the region? How can APEC economies continue to promote inclusivity, promote environmental sustainability, and mitigate the impacts of climate change?

About the Speakers

Topic: The State of the Region 2023-2024

Eduardo Pedrosa is the Secretary General of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) International Secretariat based in Singapore. He leads the Council’s flagship annual report, the State of the Region. He has edited several books including Towards Balanced and Sustainable Growth Strategies for Post Crisis Asia (2010) with Masahiro Kawai, Tan Khee Giap and Grace Aw; and An APEC Trade Agenda: The Political Economy of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (2007) with Charles Morrison. He has also written extensively on economics and trade issues including: Trade and Connectivity in the Post-COVID-19 World (with Pascal Lamy, 2020); and Globalization, Inequality and the Rise of Protectionism, (2015).

Eduardo is a member of the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report. Before moving to Singapore, he was the coordinator of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Southeast Asia cooperation program based in Manila and co-editor of its journal on regional economics and politics. He has also worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Philippine government. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Topic: 2023 – APEC Progress and Challenges

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, Cher How 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.

Cher How 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.


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Oct 17 2023


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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