APEC Breakfast Briefing
Accelerating regional economic integration, supporting multilateral trading systems, and positioning the Asia-Pacific region for sustainable economic recovery were three themes that dominated the agenda of the annual APEC Summit, hosted this year by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong from November 14-15 in Singapore. Against a global economic backdrop that has many looking to Asia's recovering economies to lead the world back to global economic growth, the APEC Business Advisory Council met with leaders of APEC's 21 members. As in previous years, the Asia Society will join the U.S. National Center for APEC in hosting a post-APEC briefing to review the issues discussed at the Singapore Summit and what they will mean for the region's future. The program will also provide an opportunity to explore how these issues and outcomes will be carried forward by Japan, APEC host in 2010, and leading in to U.S. hosting of APEC in 2011. U.S. Senior Official for APEC Kurt Tong, and Assistant USTR Wendy Cutler will anchor this annual program. This year's program will also include an industry-focused panel discussion on specific sectoral developments in APEC in areas such as financial services, health/life sciences and innovation.
Kurt Tong, U.S. Senior Official, Asia-Pacific Economic
Wendy Cutler, Assistant U.S Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs
Moderator: Monica Whaley, President, National Center for APEC