Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is the premier economic organization in the Asia-Pacific region. Established in 1989 by 12 economies, including the United States, APEC has been instrumental in promoting regional and global trade and investment. It has provided a forum for APEC Leaders to meet annually since 1993, beginning at Blake Island in the United States. The United States is again hosting APEC in 2011, which presents a unique opportunity to reduce barriers to U.S. exports and more closely link our economy with the dynamic Asia-Pacific region by promoting a seamless regional economy.
The 2011 APEC Trade Ministerial will be held in Big Sky, Montana during the week of May 16, 2011. The APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting (MRT) is held annually by the APEC host economy for that year, in order to advance APEC's trade and investment and regional economic integration agenda, and provide support for the multilateral trading system.
Below are APEC 2011 updates.