Care Imperatives for APEC Economies

September 13, 2023

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High-quality, accessible care that provides decent jobs for care workers is necessary to achieve APEC’s commitment to foster the full and equal participation of women in the economy.


U.S. Team Toucan Wins with Innovative AI Solution at 2023 APEC App Challenge

Seattle, September 5, 2023

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On August 19, the U.S. team, Toucan, won the 2023 APEC App Challenge at the APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting in Seattle. This year, the app challenge focused on the 2023 US APEC theme Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All, which emphasizes the interconnected concepts of resiliency, sustainability, and inclusivity…. Read more


APEC 2023 in San Francisco: What’s in Store?

June 28, 2023

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It’s the United States’ year to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, whose 21 members reach from Russia to the South Pacific and from South America to China. U.S. Senior Official for APEC Matt Murray joins us talk about how the big job is coming along.


Strengthening Economic Cooperation: The Asia Foundation Hosts APEC Secretariat in San Francisco and Silicon Valley

San Francisco, March 6, 2023

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The Asia Foundation hosted a delegation from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat led by Executive Director Rebecca Sta Maria. More than 35 stakeholders from Silicon Valley and the Bay Area came together to discuss the importance of economic cooperation in Asia and the Pacific region, trade, inclusive growth, and what to expect… Read more


Transforming the Food Supply Chain, One Refrigerator at a Time

June 8, 2022

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A marathon coding competition in Bangkok hatches a winning app that could transform the food supply chain—and your relationship with your refrigerator.


The Asia Foundation Through the Years—Paving the Way for Regional Economic Cooperation in Asia & the Creation of APEC

October 7, 2021


The Asia Foundation Monograph Series: commemorating contributions to key development challenges in the Asia-Pacific region Ambassador Haydn Williams, who served as president of The Asia Foundation from 1964-1989, commissioned the creation of a series of monographs to commemorate the Foundation’s contributions to key development challenges in the As… Read more


Infodemic: Building Trust Helps Inoculate APEC against Fake News

July 7, 2021

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As Covid has trapped us alone with our screens, an “infodemic” of fake news is undermining the public’s trust in policymakers and institutions. To secure a prosperous recovery in the Asia-Pacific, APEC must find ways to restore that trust.

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2021 APEC App Challenge Advances Safety and Trust to Revive Region’s Tourism Industry

June 7, 2021

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The Asia Foundation, together with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Google hosted the fifth annual APEC App Challenge. Held on the eve of the 2021 APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting, the challenge asked 170 participants from 13 APEC member economies to develop and build new mobile and web tools to help the revival of the touri… Read more


The Asia Foundation Supports APEC Policy Brief on Women, Covid-19, and the Future of Work

January 4, 2021

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies are expecting severe economic repercussions from Covid-19. According to Women, Covid-19, and the Future of Work a new policy brief prepared by the APEC Policy Support Unit with the support of The Asia Foundation, women will face disproportionate impacts caused by the pandemic. The policy brief… Read more


2020 APEC App Challenge Bolsters Region’s Tourism Industry Amid Covid-19

November 17, 2020

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This month, The Asia Foundation, together with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Google hosted the fourth annual APEC App Challenge. This year’s APEC App Challenge is the first to take place entirely online, bringing together 91 software developers and designers from across the 21 APEC member economies to design and build innovative mobi… Read more


Jobs and Small Businesses in the New Normal

July 22, 2020

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In a still-locked-down Asia-Pacific, the world of work is becoming a world of screens. The digital economy can be a lifeline for both workers and small businesses as they struggle with Covid-19 and the future of work, but prosperity for all will require a delicate balancing act.


The Asia Foundation Supports APEC on “Covid-19, 4IR and the Future of Work” Policy Brief

July 6, 2020

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Covid-19 is an unprecedented public health crisis that has led to staggering losses in economic activity and jobs. The pandemic will accelerate the adoption of automation by firms and organizations across the region, according to a new policy brief prepared by the APEC Policy Support Unit with the support of The Asia Foundation, titled Covid-19, 4I… Read more


COVID-19, 4IR, and the Future of Work

July 2, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis that has led to staggering losses in economic activity and jobs. Even as the world grapples with containing the virus and stemming the economic hemorrhage, it is becoming clear that the pandemic is contributing to the accelerated deployment of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) automati… Read more


Asia Foundation and APEC Committed to Promoting Regional Economic Cooperation

San Francisco, January 9, 2020

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Stronger cooperation is essential for APEC as economies address inequality, environmental health, and the digital economy—the region’s critical challenges—said APEC Secretariat Executive Director Rebecca Sta Maria during a visit to the United States to bolster collaboration with The Asia Foundation and the tech community. “The biggest challenges of… Read more


The Asia Foundation, APEC Secretariat, and Google Host 2018 APEC App Challenge

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, May 24, 2018

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APEC economies boast some of the fastest-growing and most technologically innovative markets in the world. But though rich in culture, craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit, the informal sectors of APEC economies have yet to fully capture the benefit of technology-driven trade. With support from the APEC Secretariat, Google and The Asia Foundati… Read more

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APEC’s Most Talented App Developers Tackle Business Challenges at Trade Meeting

May 24, 2017

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As trade ministers prepared to gather for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade meeting in Hanoi last week, a group of the region’s most talented developers were in a nearby room, competing in the first-ever APEC App Challenge. In the final hours of the competition, the room grew more intense as developers bent over their screens, codi… Read more