In 2020, the Foundation moved forward with programs and plans for expanded work in the Pacific and the re-establishment of an office in Fiji. We hired a Pacific Islands Director and Program Manager to oversee our work; expanded our relations with governments, civil society organizations, and development partners in the region; launched both print and digital book distribution programs; and supported important research, conferences, and publications on Covid-19, cyber issues, and the Future of Work for women.
News from Pacific Islands
Online platforms where businesses access APEC economies
The 2018 APEC App Challenge in Papua New Guinea addressed a persistent issue: how to connect small and micro enterprises in the handicraft sector, many of whom live and work far from major urban centers that are cut off from technology-driven trade, to greater market opportunities. In partnership with Google, APEC, and Australian DFAT, the Foundation brought teams of software developers from across the Asia-Pacific to participate in a marathon coding session. We worked with the winners of the challenge—an inspiring father and daughter team from Port Moresby whose app helps local artisanal weavers of traditional bilum bags connect with more customers and grow their business—to demonstrate the app for trade ministers and policymakers at the APEC Economic Leaders Week.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
2020 Annual Report
Addressing the global crisis