Japan National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (JANCPEC) and the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) hosted the 19th General Meeting of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) in Tokyo on 21-22 October 2010.
This was the first occasion in 22 years, since the 6th Osaka General Meeting in 1988, that the PECC General Meeting was held in Japan. This year also marked a major milestone for PECC: the 30th anniversary of the 1st PECC Seminar held in Canberra in 1980.
Nearly 300 participants gathered at this latest General Meeting, including members of 22 national/regional PECC committees, experts and leading figures from various fields and government officials.
The attendees engaged in lively discussions on new strategies for growth in the Asia-Pacific region and on regional issues under the theme of "PECC at 30: New Vision for APEC and Toward Further Regional Economic Cooperation."
Our meeting took place just a month before the region's leaders met for the APEC summit in Yokohama. The proceedings of this PECC General Meeting were also reported to APEC Yokohama and, with Japan having also hosted the General Meeting, PECC was able to play an active role as an official APEC observer.
This report is a compilation of summaries of the speeches, presentations, and discussions from the 19th PECC General Meeting. The views expressed herein are the personal views of the individuals indicated, and do not necessarily reflect the views of JANCPEC and JIIA.
I hope that our discussions will provide ideas on policies and initiatives that we can pursue together to ensure that the Asia-Pacific emerges from the crisis a stronger and better region.
In closing, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the rapporteurs for their enthusiastic commitment and their immense contributions to this General Meeting as well as to the many people who worked so hard in preparing this report.