Senior US official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Matt Murray will travel to Auckland, New Zealand, February 11-14 for the first APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) meeting of the year and engagements of interested parties; in Canberra and Sydney, Australia, February 14-17 to reach out and engage with counterparts and stakeholders in the US APEC host year; and in Palm Springs, California, February 23-28 to participate in the First APEC Senior Officials Meeting of 2023. Senior Official Murray’s engagements will help advance this year’s APEC theme year “Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All” as the United States The United States works with APEC economies to enable a more connected, innovative and inclusive future.
Senior Official Murray’s trip to Auckland will help lay the groundwork for public-private collaboration during APEC 2023. ABAC Chair and ABAC US Member Dominic Ng, CEO East-West Coast, will chair the ABAC meeting, which will consider ways to advance the APEC Agenda, including the annual dialogue between ABAC and senior APEC officials. ABAC includes three private sector representatives from each of the 21 APEC economies.
In Australia, Senior Official Murray will engage government officials, academics, research institutes, businesses and other stakeholders on US priorities for APEC. As a founding member of APEC, the Australian government and business community have continued to work towards an open, dynamic and resilient opening., and the peaceful Asia-Pacific community, including strong, balanced, secure, sustainable and inclusive growth. As such, Australia continues to be a valued partner in advancing shared priorities and addressing the region’s challenges, including recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening supply chains, addressing food insecurity and combating the climate crisis.
Senior Official Murray will then travel to Palm Springs, California to join the First Senior Officials and Interim Meetings of the US APEC 2023 host year, during which the United States will highlight their continued commitment to inclusive and sustainable economic growth across the Asia-Pacific region. through a series of meetings and seminars, as well as the engagement of interested parties.
Learn more about the US APEC 2023 host year here.
For more information, please contact the US APEC team at DOSAPEC@state.gov.
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