Documents and Presentations

Media Release on Outcomes of ABAC I

Presentation by Brett O’Riley to SWG – ABAC I – 16 February 2024

Presentation by ABAC NZ to Regional Economic Integration Working Group – WTO, ABAC I – 15 February 2024

Presentation by Rachel Taulelei to Regional Economic Integration Working Group – FTAAP, ABAC I – 15 February 2024

ABAC Statement on WTO MC13 – February 2024

Media release from ABAC IV, San Francisco

ABAC Statement for COP 28

ABAC Statement on AI

Remarks by Anna Curzon at CPTPP Business Dialogue, San Francisco, 14 November

Report to APEC Economic Leaders 2023

Bangkok Bio-Circular Economy Goals

Supply Chain Resilience Toolkit

ABAC Letter to APEC Finance Ministers – 18 August 2023

Report to APEC Finance Ministers – Financing the Future of APEC

Progress Report – Forging Partnerships for a Better Future

ABAC Letter to SME Ministers – 14 July 2023

ABAC Letter to APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade

ABAC Statement on the FTAAP – 26 May 2023

ABAC Statement on the WTO – 26 May 2023

Press release: Asia Pacific business leaders call for inclusion, resilience and sustainability, 30 April 2023

Presentation on Climate Change by Brett O’Riley, 29 April 2023

Presentation on Indigenous Economic Empowerment by Rachel Taulelei, 28 April 2023

Presentation on WTO for Anna Curzon by Rachel Taulelei, 28 April 2023

Climate Change – Presentation by Malcolm Johns, ABAC, 13 February 2023

Press release Asia-Pacific business leaders call for action on climate and economic inclusion

Press release highlighting key themes and business leaders gathering for ABAC I meeting, Auckland 12-14 February 2023

Press release announcing ABAC I meeting, Auckland 12-14 February 2023

Report to APEC Economic Leaders 2022

APEC Leaders Issue 2022 Declaration and the Bangkok Goals on the Bio-Circular-Green Economy

Digital Identity Report: Deepening Trust, Inclusion and Interoperability in the Digital Economy, September 2022

Asia-Pacific Business Leaders to APEC Leaders: Speed up economic recovery and regain growth momentum, 29 July 2022

Presentation by Stephen Jacobi to the Regional Economic Integration Working Group on rules-based trade, 27 July 2022

Presentation by Malcolm Johns to the Sustainability Working Group, 27 July 2022

Report to APEC Economic Leaders 2021

Press release from ABAC Dialogue with Ministers Responsible for Trade, 4 June 2021

Remarks by Rachel Taulelei to APEC Trade Ministers, 4 June

Remarks by ABAC Chair Rachel Taulelei to APEC Senior Officials, 11/12 March 2021

Remarks to Public Private Dialogue on Renewable Energy, Malcolm Johns, ABAC NZ, 18 January 2021

Address to Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School: “The New Trade Environment”, Rachel Taulelei, ABAC NZ, 4 December 2020

Keynote speech to APEC Webinar on Public Private Partnerships and Information Sharing on Food Security in the Asia Pacific region:  Rachel Taulelei, ABAC NZ, 2 December 2020

Address To Te Taumata, Whakatū, 24 November 2020, Rachel Taulelei

Presentation to ABAC IV, 17 November 2020, Rachel Taulelei , Abac 2021 Work Programme (text)
ABAC 2021 Work Programme (presentation)

Presentation to ABAC III, 14 September 2020, Towards a virtual ABAC, Rachel Taulelei

Supporting the WTORachel Taulelei: presentation to ABAC, 22 July 2020 (pdf download)

ABAC NZ Meeting report Archive


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