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Economic Committee

The APEC Economic Committee (EC) promotes structural reform and strengthens APEC's capability in the analysis of long-term macroeconomic trends and studies of microeconomic issues.

In 2021, APEC structural reform ministers endorsed the Enhanced APEC Agenda for Structural Reform (EAASR), which will guide APEC’s work on structural reform until the end of 2025. The EAASR seeks to contribute to APEC’s overarching goal to ensure an open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community, for the prosperity of all our people and future generations, through initiatives in line with the following four pillars:

  1. Creating an enabling environment for open, transparent, and competitive markets
  2. Boosting business recovery and resilience against future shocks
  3. Ensuring that all groups in society have equal access to opportunities for more inclusive, sustainable growth, and greater well-being
  4. Harnessing innovation, new technology, and skills development to boost productivity and digitalization

The EAASR also encourages APEC economies to adopt the following three approaches to promote structural reform for inclusive growth: 

  1. Delivering the six core structural reforms (competition policy and law; strengthening economic and legal infrastructure; ease of doing business; regulatory reform; public sector governance; corporate law and governance) to improve market functioning and transparency
  2. Implementing specific market reforms to improve innovation and competitiveness of business and achieve pro-inclusion benefits
  3. Adopting a holistic approach to structural reform which combines core reforms, specific market reforms and broader policies to boost productivity and economic resilience

The Economic Committee meets twice a year and works closely with other relevant APEC fora and other stakeholders.


Last page update: March 2024


Dr James Ding
Economic Committee Chair
Program Director

Current Activities

Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting

The Economic Committee held the third Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (SRMM), hosted by New Zealand, on 16 June 2021. Ministers endorsed the SRMM Statement as well as  the Enhanced APEC Agenda for Structural Reform (2021–2025) and the third APEC Ease of Doing Business Action Plan (2020–2025). 

Economic Committee Meetings

The most recent EC meeting also took place in Lima, Peru on 4-5 March 2024. Members discussed key structural reform topics, including regional economic trends, transition from the informal to the formal economy, ease of doing business, business priorities for structural reform and online dispute resolution.  Members also discussed the implementation of the EC’s overarching strategy, the EAASR, as well as the development of the EC’s flagship APEC Economic Policy Reports (AEPRs). Various stakeholders engaged in the meeting including from the ABAC, ADB, ERIA, OECD and the World Bank.

The Economic Committee held an EAASR Mid-Term Review Meeting on 13 August 2023 in Seattle, United States to discuss mid-term progress on EAASR implementation, share experiences and lessons learned, and further guide economies’ reform actions. The meeting engaged stakeholders including officials from member economies, the APEC Policy Support Unit, APEC Business Advisory Council, representatives from the private sector, a local tribal council representative, and international organizations including the OECD and the World Economic Forum.

EC Publications, Websites and APEC Economic Policy Reports

The Economic Committee publishes an annual flagship APEC Economic Policy Report. The AEPRs provide in-depth analysis and policy recommendations relating to a specific structural reform-related topic. The current AEPR, Structural Reform and a Green Recovery from Economic Shocks, was published in November 2023. A fact sheet on the 2023 AEPR is available here.

The Economic Committee also produces other APEC publications. To view all EC publications, click here.

The Economic Committee has also published online resources and initiatives including on 

Capacity Building Projects

Economic Committee member economies implement various capacity-building projects (both APEC-funded and self-funded) relating to APEC’s structural reform agenda. Some recent capacity building events include:

  • Joint EC-Group on Services (GOS) Workshop on Structural Reform and Services (Australia)
  • Workshop on Implementation of ODR in APEC Economies including through the APEC ODR Collaborative Framework (Japan)
  • Workshop on Secured Transaction Reform: Developing Tailored Approaches for Common Law and Civil Law Jurisdictions (United States)
  • Virtual workshop on ‘Equality of Opportunities: APEC Experiences in Furthering Inclusive Economic Growth’ (United States)
  • Workshop on ‘Stakeholder Engagement and Capacity Building on the APEC Collaborative Framework on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) to Improve Cross-Border Trade in Indonesia’ (Indonesia)
  • Policy Dialogue on ‘Efforts to Promote Economic Opportunity and Inclusion: a Case Study on Indigenous Peoples’ (Canada)
  • 16th Conference on Good Regulatory Practices (GRP16) (United States)
  • Gender and Structural Reform Workshop: Inclusive Access to Credit and Financial Services’ (United States)


The APEC Economic Committee was established in 1994. In 2004, APEC leaders endorsed an ambitious work program called the Leaders' Agenda to Implement Structural Reform (LAISR). The agenda covered five areas for structural policy reform: regulatory reform, competition policy, public sector governance, corporate governance, and strengthening economic and legal infrastructure.

Building on the work in these five areas, APEC's structural reform agenda was expanded beyond the LAISR's priority areas through the APEC New Strategy for Structural Reform (ANSSR) initiative, launched in 2010, and the Renewed APEC Agenda for Structural Reform (RAASR), launched in 2015. In 2021, APEC structural reform ministers endorsed the Enhanced APEC Agenda for Structural Reform (EAASR), which will guide APEC’s work on structural reform until the end of 2025.

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