Lima district in Peru

This November 19 – 20, the Grand National Theatre in Lima plays host to the 28th APEC CEO Summit.

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an international forum established in 1989 to help enable greater cooperation, economic growth, trade and investment opportunities throughout the Asia Pacific region. It currently consists of 21 economies.

The APEC CEO Summit is an annual event held within the framework of APEC, and organized by ABAC. The summit brings together Asia-Pacific businessmen to attend a series of presentations by business leaders, scholars, heads of state and global opinion leaders, and to discuss critical issues relating to business and the economy.

The first meeting was held in Canberra, Australia and attended by 12 ministers of Foreign Affairs and Economy. The Secretariat is currently based in Singapore, and the official working language of the forum is English.

Peru has been an APEC member since 1998, and will host the CEO Summit for the second time (having previously been the venue for the 20th edition in 2008).

Prestigious Global Gathering

The APEC Summit brings together some of the world’s most powerful heads of state and influential business people. Keynote speakers will include Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Shinzõ Abe and Justin Trudeau, as well as the presidents of most of the APEC member states. In addition, the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Argentine President Mauricio Macri will attend as invited guests.

Industry is also strongly represented, with guests from an array of multinational corporations including Mark Zuckerberg (Chairman and CEO of Facebook) and Belén Garijo (CEO of Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world).


Four priority areas have been laid out as topics to be addressed at the 2016 APEC summit. These are human capital development, upgrading SMEs, the regional food market, and regional economic integration agenda. These subjects were chosen to further build upon on discussions and achievements from the 2015 APEC summit, which was held in the Philippines. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Foundation), will also give a special presentation on the theme of the empowerment of women.

To learn more about this year’s APEC CEO Summit, please click here to visit the website.

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