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A virtual APEC

New Zealand’s decision to host APEC virtually followed months of global disruption and uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision ensures APEC’s work to support regional cooperation and progress can continue, regardless of the changing COVID-19 situation around the world.

APEC 2021 – in numbers

  • 21 APEC economies.
  • 12 months of meetings.
  • More than 40 APEC groups and committees holding meetings on our virtual meeting platform; each group will hold multiple meetings throughout the year.
  • Thousands of delegates expected to participate.
  • 11 timezones, at times spanning a 17-hour time difference.

Logistics and security

Managing 12 months of virtual meetings is a first for New Zealand, but creative and technological leaders from across the country will us to help create a virtual system that is as intuitive, engaging and productive as possible.

There will be a range of meeting formats, including virtual round tables, media briefings, break-out sessions and a symposium. An event management system will support registration and provide delegates with access to meetings and meeting documents.

Underpinning the technology is a strong focus on security. APEC New Zealand is working with experts in the area to ensure the entire year is as secure as possible.

Being a good virtual host

Although APEC members will be meeting digitally, delegates will experience New Zealand innovation and manaakitanga (hospitality). We are committed to creating a smooth digital process for delegates, and to giving them a chance to learn more about New Zealand culture through our style of hosting, and design elements incorporated throughout the year.

What is APEC?

APEC was established in 1989, and in 1994 adopted the Bogor Goals – a vision of free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific by 2020. APEC's 21 members aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.

APEC brings together officials, Ministers and Leaders from around the Asia-Pacific region for a series of meetings and events each year.  The first APEC meeting hosted by New Zealand will be the Informal Senior Officials Meeting (ISOM) between 9 and 11 December 2020, followed by a first formal gathering of officials in February 2021.

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