Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2013
The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) is the first and only regional multi-stakeholder business forum organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). With its 62 members, ranging from least developed and Pacific Island countries, to countries with emerging markets, the ESCAP secretariat and ESCAP’s Business Advisory Council are the driving forces behind APBF.
APBF was first launched in 2004 in Shanghai, where it attracted over 2,000 participants from business, government, academia and civil society from across the region. Over the course of one decade, APBF has evolved as a meaningful regional multi-stakeholder network, and has been hosted in various locations, such as Almaty, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Kunming. Its mission has always been to provide the best platform for regional public-private sector dialogue on the role and needs of business in achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.
To identify the challenges and opportunities for connecting business in the Asia-Pacific region within the context of achieving inclusive and sustainable development in the region in general and the Pacific subregion in particular.