Forum for regional business leaders to mark 10th Anniversary with meeting in Bangkok

Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2013
Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2013

Business leaders from across the region will convene in Bangkok next month for the Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF), the only regional multi-stakeholder business forum organized annually by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The tenth session of the Forum will run from November 25-26. The Forum acts as a platform for regional public-private sector dialogue on the role and needs of business in achieving inclusive and sustainable development in the region. This year's event focuses on “Connecting the Pacific with Asia.”

This year’s programme will focus on the challenges facing the business community in the region, with specific sessions on “Building a Sustainable Pacific Private Sector,” “Linking the Pacific with Asia: What does it Mean for Business” and “Trade Facilitation, Transport and Finance for Inclusive Business Development.” Government leaders, including heads of state, and top business executives including Narayana Murthy of Infosys and Greg Pawson of Westpac Pacific, are expected to participate in this year’s 10 thanniversary event.

With highly engaging and action-oriented dialogues, ABPF participants aim to actively shape and influence the policy and business environment in the Asia-Pacific region as the strategies and policy recommendations agreed upon at the Forum will subsequently be presented to ESCAP's Committee on Trade and Investment, and later to the next annual Commission session (ESCAP's highest legislative body), in May 2014.

ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Noeleen Heyzer explains that, “Together with the participation and support from a diverse group of businesses, policymakers and civil society organizations from the Asia-Pacific region, APBF is continuing its pursuit of becoming the leading Asian-Pacific platform for public-private sector dialogue on the role and needs of businesses in achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable development for all.”

The ESCAP secretariat and ESCAP's Business Advisory Council (EBAC), chaired by Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal Rawther, continue to be the driving forces behind APBF. The EBAC was established at the first ever Asia-Pacific Business Forum in 2004, and has since grown to include executives and representatives of leading businesses in a wide range of industries and sectors from across the Asia-Pacific region.

Please visit the event’s webpage at: for more information and to register.