US-China trade war should not overshadow Apec’s role in offering a safe space for testing out bold ideas

February 20, 2019

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation grouping (APEC) will continue to focus on evolving issues surrounding challenges to the global trading system, says APEC’s new Executive Director, Rebecca Santa Maria, in an article in today’s South China Morning Post.
She says that this year’s APEC chair, Chile, is likely to act as an honest broker if friction between Beijing and Washington continues, “making sure that APEC’s work on economic integration, inclusive growth and sustainable economic development… is not overshadowed.”
Ms Santa Maria, from Malaysia, took up her role as Executive Director of the Singapore-based APEC Secretariat in January. She was writing as she prepared to  head to Santiago for the first cluster of APEC Senior Official Meetings in 2019: “Because its outcomes are non-binding, there is less hesitation to float new ideas in the APEC forum and these may then be tested. Good ideas are eventually taken up by economies unilaterally.”
For a full copy of her SCMP article, see the following link:

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