Under the overall guidance and leadership of the ESCAP Business Advisory Council, the Asia Pacific Business Forum 2012 will be
organized in collaboration with the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI
the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD
), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP
the Sunway Resort & SPA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
on 15 and 16 October 2012. The theme of
year's Forum is “Advancing Regional Economic
Integration: Connecting Business, Strengthening Partnerships.
In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA
), the Ministry of International
Trade and Industry (MITI
) and the Ministry of Science,
Technology and Innovation (MOSTI
) of the Government of Malaysia are strategic partners.
The SIRIM Berhad
, the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute
), the SME CORP
Greater Mekong Subregion Business Forum
ASEAN CSR Network
and the SS-GATE
also provide support to the Forum.
Two of ESCAP’s regional institutions — the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT-ESCAP) and the United Nations
Asian and Pacific Centre for Agricultural Engineering and Machinery (UNAPCAEM) — will organize side events related to SME development.
The first edition of the ESCAP's Policy Guidebook on SME Development in Asia and the Pacific will be launched during the Forum
Started in 2004, the APBF provides platform for region-wide public-private sector dialogue, and facilitates opportunities
for cooperation and partnerships among stakeholders. The Forum brings together governments, business leaders, academia, civil
society and other stakeholders to share good practices in the areas of economic integration, the key to stability and prosperity
with a particular focus on realizing the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
Moreover, the 2-day Forum is structured to address
business aspects of sustainable socioeconomic development including responsible business practices and corporate sustainability,
green economy, renewable energy; and to promote trade and investment in least developed countries and landlocked countries,
including Myanmar through modalities like entrepreneurship development, technology transfer, education and training and trade
Over 300 participants are expected to attend the APBF 2012, including CEOs and business leaders, ministers and senior policy makers,
industrial experts and representatives from international aid and development agencies. His Excellency the Primte Minister of
Malaysia, The Rt. Hon. Dato Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak is expected to deliver the inagurual address.
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