The 2023 Work Program

This year, ABAC adopted the theme “Equity. Sustainability. Opportunity.”

The 2023 Work Program is focused on the following priorities:

Economic Integration Working Group
  • Accelerating towards the realization of FTAAP
  • Supporting the WTO and advocacy for the rules-based multilateral trading system
  • Improving trade resilience
  • Advancing trade and sustainability
Sustainable Growth Working Group
  • Addressing climate change
  • Ensuring energy security and sustainability
  • Fostering sustainable food systems
Digital and Innovation Working Group
  • Empowering people and businesses to participate fully and securely in the digital economy
  • Advancing alignment on digital economy governance to detangle the "digital noodle bowl"
  • Enabling the adoption of technology to facilitate trade and sustainability
Finance Task Force
  • Facilitating cross-border digital financial services
  • Supporting just and affordable transition
  • Financing sustainable innovation
  • Promoting interoperable central bank digital currencies
Inclusion Task Force
  • Advancing women’s inclusion through renewed focus on digitalization, services and formalization
  • Accelerating capacity building to drive inclusion for underserved MSMEs

Detailed recommendations will be developed during the course of 2023 on the focus areas identified in the work program. ABAC’s recommendations will be conveyed to APEC governments through a range of avenues including to APEC Senior Officials, Trade, Transportation, SME, Women, Energy, Food Security, Health and Finance Ministers and directly to APEC Economic Leaders at the annual Dialogue with APEC Leaders.