RIETI Open BBL Webinar

APEC: Driving Asia-Pacific's inclusive and sustainable growth


Dr Rebecca Sta Maria's presentation is two-part.The first half is a brief background on Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation as a multilateral institution which promotes voluntary, non-binding, consensus-building principles among its members. Since its establishment in 1989, APEC helped liberalize the Asia-Pacific economy through initiatives such as the Bogor Goals and Osaka Action Agenda. It has since expanded its economic aspirations for the region to ensure economic growth goes hand-in-hand with sustainability, innovation and inclusiveness. This was made evident by the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 and the subsequent Aotearoa Plan of Action.

The second part covers the factors which make APEC essential to economic cooperation in the region. The forum gives voice to a variety of stakeholders and taps into many areas of work, leading confluence of efforts of policymakers, businesses, academia, the youth, and others.

APEC host economies consider both domestic and regional issues when planning the annual agenda, while ensuring that host economy priorities remain consistent and complimentary to each other. As such, APEC's achievements and works are pragmatic and inclusive of the economic realities of each member economy, who will together work towards the vision of an “open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community by 2040, for the prosperity of all our people and future generations.”


  • Time and Date: 12:15-13:15, Friday, March 11, 2022
  • Venue: Online
  • Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Hosts: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)


  • Speaker: Rebecca Fatima STA MARIA (Executive Director, APEC Secretariat, Singapore)

    Rebecca Sta Maria is the executive director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat based in Singapore where she advises and provides support for APEC's 21 diverse member economies.
    Dr Sta Maria spent years as a top-level civil servant and trade negotiator in Malaysia. As Secretary-General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry she oversaw the formulation of Malaysia's positions in major agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And, as representative to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Dr Sta Maria chaired the body that drafted ASEAN's economic community blueprints for 2015 and 2025.

  • Commentator: IMAMURA Takashi (Alternate Member, APEC Business Advisory Council JAPAN / Executive Officers, Marubeni Corporation, General Manager, Marubeni Research Institute)
  • Moderator: HATTORI Takashi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / APEC Senior Official, Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)