Australia and APEC: A Review of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation

Australia and APEC: A Review of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation

21 July 2000

© Commonwealth of Australia 2000
ISBN 0 642 71054 6

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 54KB)


Terms of reference (PDF 73KB)
Abbreviations and acronyms (PDF 46KB)
Recommendations (PDF 42KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 41KB)

Establishment of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Scope of the inquiry
Asian economic crisis

Chapter 2 - Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation: from idea to 2020 vision (PDF 313KB)

The concept of Asia Pacific cooperation
Canberra, 1989—APEC is born
1990—Reaffirmation of APEC’s general principles and objectives
1991—APEC: ‘an international personality’
1992—in search of a vision
1993—the Leaders’ Summit and political horsepower
1994—the 2020 Vision: the Bogor Declaration
1995—drawing up the template: the Osaka Agenda
1996—the Manila Action Plan: APEC means business
1997—Vancouver: attempts to achieve Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalisation (EVSL)
1998—year of opportunity postponed
1999—addressing practicalities

Chapter 3 - Structure and membership of APEC (PDF 183KB)

Leaders’ meetings
Ministerial meetings
Senior Officials’ meetings
Working groups
APEC secretariat
APEC Business Advisory Council
Eminent Persons Group
Membership of APEC

Chapter 4 - Trade and investment liberalisation (PDF 330KB)

Progress and implementation of Action Plans
Non-tariff barriers
Open regionalism

Chapter 5 - Trade liberalisation—the winners and losers (PDF 140KB)

Making APEC work for the community: opening up debate
APEC parellel peoples fora

Chapter 6 - Trade and investment facilitation—the costs of doing business (PDF 254KB)

Trade facilitation—second pillar of APEC’s agenda
The successes—small but significant steps
The difficult sectors—marking time
Expanding opportunities

Chapter 7 - Trade and investment facilitation—challenges ahead for Australia and APEC (PDF 159KB)

Trade and investment facilitation—a partnership between government and business
Australia’s role in trade facilitation
Trade facilitation—building a sense of community

Chapter 8 - Development cooperation: side track or central to APEC’s future? (PDF 213KB)

Why Ecotech is not aid
Development cooperation: future directions for APEC
Distilling the agendas: development cooperation under APEC
The evolution of Ecotech
‘Designed to Deal with Diversity’: APEC after Subic
Building private/public sector partnerships through Ecotech
Australia’s foreign policy approaches to development cooperation under APEC

Chapter 9 - Subregional groupings—stepping stones or stumbing blocks? (PDF 354KB)

Overview of regional trading groups
Regional trading groups—stumbling blocks?
APEC—part of the global trading system
Subregional groupings within APEC
SRTA linkages

Chapter 10 - Australia and APEC (PDF 158KB)

Australia—not an isolated island
PBEC and PECC—the second track
Public education

Appendix 1 - Submissions (PDF 43KB)
Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee at public hearings (PDF 87KB)
Appendix 3 - APEC non-binding investment principles, Jakarta, November 1994 (PDF 52KB)
Appendix 4 - Trade facilitation issues (PDF 43KB)
Appendix 5 - Annex A: APEC trade facilitation achievements (PDF 50KB)
Appendix 6 - The Asia Pacific Legal Metrology Forum, and The Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (PDF 36KB)

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Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3538
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818