National Center for APEC



  • January 30, 2018
    NCAPEC Executive Roundtable
  • February 1 - February 4, 2018
    ABAC I
  • February 24 - March 9, 2018
    First Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM I)
  • March 7, 2018
    SOM Dialogue on the Digital Economy
  • March 13 - March 16, 2018
    Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting (FCBDM)

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Giving U.S. Business a Voice in the Asia-Pacific

Giving U.S. Business a Voice in the Asia-Pacific

The National Center for APEC (NCAPEC) is dedicated to advancing the U.S. business community’s views in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. Established in Seattle, Washington in 1994, NCAPEC is the only U.S. business association focused exclusively on facilitating private sector engagement in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) process.

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Earlier this month, the National Center for APEC (NCAPEC) arranged several meetings and events featuring representatives from Vietnam’s government and business sectors. These representatives will play leading roles organizing Vietnam’s APEC Host Year activities and agendas. Representatives included:

  • Dr. Vu Tien Loc, Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and 2017 CEO Summit Chairman;
  • Nguyen Thanh Hai, Deputy Director General of the 2017 APEC Host Committee
  • Tran Thien Cuong, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Nguyen Van Hai, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Nguyen Vu Kien, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

To date, representatives have participated in the NCAPEC Board Dinner in Washington, D.C., held on January 17, as well as a briefing with the U.S. private sector on January 18. The latter meeting included Pham Quang Vinh, Vietnam’s Ambassador to the United States; Matt Matthews, deputy assistant secretary of state and ambassador for APEC; and Ken Schagrin, deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for APEC.

On the evening of January 19, Vu Tien Loc and Nguyen Thanh Hai joined Monica Whaley, NCAPEC’s president, and Farisa Zarin, managing director and global head of government and public affairs with Moody’s Corporation, for an APEC-focused program at the Asia Society in New York. You can watch the webcast here:

The week-long visit was designed to raise awareness of Vietnam’s objectives during its host year and encourage private sector engagement in the events and activities planned for 2017.

Registration for the 2017 NCAPEC Executive Roundtable is now open.

This year’s Roundtable will be held at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore on February 16-17. As Vietnam assumes the 2017 APEC Chairmanship, the Executive Roundtable will bring together over 100 senior government and business representatives for a dialogue on the state of trade and economic policy in the Asia-Pacific. Against a backdrop of expanding resistance to globalization, this year’s Executive Roundtable will provide an important opportunity to discuss issues vital to growth and prosperity in the region.

The Roundtable will begin on the afternoon of February 16 with a series of sectoral planning sessions followed by an opening dinner. On February 17, a full-day program will be held with sessions focused on the trade and economic environment in the Asia-Pacific, among other issues. These sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss ways APEC can facilitate growth and prosperity in the region, while highlighting the benefits of trade globally.

Online registration is available at

NCAPEC welcomed the appointment of Scott Price, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Walmart International and Marija Zivanovic-Smith, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Communications, and Government Relations of NCR Corporation to represent the United States on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). Price and Zivanovic-Smith will join ABAC USA member Richard Cantor, Chief Risk Officer of Moody’s, who was appointed to ABAC in 2015.

Price has served as Chairman of NCAPEC since 2013. Before joining Walmart, he served as Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express Europe and Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express Asia Pacific. Before joining DHL Express, Price spent a decade with the Coca-Cola Co.

Zivanovic-Smith joined NCR in 2008. In additional to her current roles, she is also the Chief of Staff to NCR’s Chairman and CEO.

Price and Zivanovic-Smith will join ABAC counterparts from APEC’s 20 other member economies to advise APEC policymakers on issues affecting the region’s business climate. Created by APEC Leaders in 1995, ABAC consists of three business representatives from each APEC economy appointed by their respective heads of state. ABAC meets quarterly to discuss investment and trade policy recommendations and reports directly to the APEC Leaders at an annual dialogue each fall.

NCAPEC serves as the Secretariat for ABAC USA.

You can read the full press release here.

Bangkok, Thailand will host the first APEC Business Adivsory Council (ABAC) meeting of 2017 from February 20-23.

Under the chairmanship of longtime ABAC Vietnam member Mr. Hoang Van Dung, First Vice Chairman & Executive Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry, this year's ABAC will focus on the theme of “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future.”

The 2017 work program will focus on the following priorities:

  • Deepening regional economic integration
  • Achieving sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth
  • Enhancing MSMEs’ competitiveness and encouraging innovation in the digital era
  • Ensuring food security and promoting sustainable and climate smart agriculture

In Bangkok, ABAC will finalize its work plan to address these priority areas and discuss their objectives in a dialogue with the APEC Senior Officials.

Joining Richard Cantor on ABAC this year are two new members: Marija Zivanovic-Smith, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Communications and Government Relations at NCR Corporation; and Scott Price, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Walmart International. NCAPEC President Monica Whaley will also participate in the Bangkok meetings.

For further information on ABAC, please contact Barbara Hazzard.

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