Thailand's APEC host year
Thailand’s host year will focus on charting a post-COVID-19 future for the Asia-Pacific region. As APEC moves forward from
the health and economic crises, we need to promote long-term growth that is resilient, inclusive, balanced and sustainable.
The theme for APEC 2022 is “Open. Connect. Balance.”, as we will open to all opportunities, connect in all dimensions and be balanced in all aspects.
To revitalize recovery, APEC must leverage its traditional strengths by facilitating open trade and investment, improving the business environment, and advancing regional economic integration, leveraging digitalization and innovation while continuing to support a rules-based multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization at its core.
Two years into the pandemic, disrupted connectivity remains one of the pressing unresolved issues in the region. To revive growth, APEC 2022 will focus on restoring connectivity by resuming safe and seamless cross-border travel, reinvigorating tourism and the services sector, facilitating business mobility as well as increasing investment in health security.
The past two years have unbalanced the region, worsening inherent inequalities that make economies vulnerable to shocks while highlighting current environmental challenges. To address this, APEC must integrate inclusivity and sustainability objectives in tandem with economic goals.
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Thailand, as host of APEC 2022, recognises the utmost importance of facilitating the resumption of safe and convenient cross-border travel to the region’s speedy and robust economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Second APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) and related meetings continues to push forward the APEC’s safe passage agenda to realise Thailand’s host…
May 2022 marks a major step in Thailand’s transition towards the new normal with the country’s much-anticipated decision to significantly ease entry requirements for travellers from all corners of the globe. The adjustment coincides with Apec’s Second Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) and related meetings currently taking place in Bangkok from May 9-19, in the lead…
Thailand is hosting APEC 2022 at a critical juncture as the world continues to grapple with the disruptions from COVID-19. Cross-border restrictions, imposed in response to the pandemic, have tremendously impacted APEC economies. The travel and tourism industries have been hit particularly hard while business travel, which is the key element of international trade, investment…
The first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) has now entered its fourth day. During 16-17 February 2022, 11 APEC’s Working Groups convened their meetings, covering key issues such as digital economy, health, service sector trade, science, technology and innovation (STI) as well as anti-corruption and transparency. The sub-fora meetings in the past two days provided…
From December 2021 until November 2022, Thailand will host hundreds of APEC meetings in dozens of clusters, with many more unique sessions.