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APEC Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

The APEC forum was established in 1989 to promote economic cooperation and integration in the Pacific region. The United States was a driving force behind APEC's creation, as a means of anchoring the United States more firmly in the region in the post-Cold War era. APEC subsequently grew to 21 members, called "economies" because Taiwan (called Chinese Taipei in APEC), Hong Kong, and China are equal members of APEC.

The twenty-one members of APEC are Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong
Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Republic of
the Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; USA; Vietnam

Below is a list of commonly used acronyms in APEC. This feature provides you with the cross reference between the acronym and its full name.

ABAC
APEC Business Advisory Council
Established in 1995, this is a permanent council composed of up to three senior business people from each member economy to provide advice on implementation of APEC action plans and on other specific business sector priorities.
ABTC
APEC Business Travel Card
AIMS
APEC Impediments Measurement System
ANZCERTA
Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Cooperation Trade Agreement
APEC
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
APEC was established in 1989 and is the primary vehicle for promoting open trade and practical economic cooperation. Its goal is to advance Asia-Pacific economic activity and sense of community among the 21 member economies.
APII
Asia-Pacific Information Infrastructure
APLAC
Asia-Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
Asia-Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
ASEAN
Association of Southeast Asian Nations
BAC
Budget and Administration Committeepredecessor of BMC
BIPM
International Bureau of Weights and Measures
BMC
Budget and Management Committee
CAP
Collective Action Plan
CISPR
International Special Committee on Radio Interference
CPD
Workshop on Competition Policy and Deregulation
CTI
Committee on Trade and Investment
DMEG
Dispute Mediation Experts Group
DSU
WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding
E-Commerce
Electronic Commerce
EC
Economic Committee
ECOTECH
APEC Economic and Technical Cooperation
EDI
Electronic Data Interchange
EMC
Electromagnetic Compatibility
EVSL
Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalization
EWG
Energy Working Group
FAO
Food andAgriculture Organization
FDI
Foreign Direct Investment
FOC
Friends of the Chair
FWG
Fisheries Working Group
GATS
General Agreement on Trade in Services
GIS
General Information System
GMPCS
Global Mobile Personal Cellular Service
GOS
Group on Services
GPEG
Government Procurement Experts Group
GPS
Global Position System
HRDWG
Human Resources Development Working Group
HS
Harmonized Commodity Description and Classification System
IAF
International Accreditation Forum
IAP
Individual Action Plan
ICSID
International Convention for the Settlement of Investment
Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States
IDB
WTO Integrated Database
IDEAS
Initiatives, Development Efforts, Aspirations and Strategies
IEC
International Electotechnical Commission
IEG
Investment Experts Group
IEGBM
Informal Experts Group on the Mobility of Business People
ILAC
International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
IPEG
Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group
IPRs
Intellectual Property Rights
IQAS
International Quality Assurance Systems
ISO
International Organization for Standardization
ISTWG
Industrial Science and Technology Working Group
ITU
International Telecommunications Union
IVANS
International Value-added Network Services
MAG
Market Access Group
MFN
Most Favored Nation
MRA
Mutual Recognition Arrangement
NAFTA
North American Free Trade Agreement
NTM
Non-Tariff Measures
NTM
Non-Tariff Measures
NTM
Non-Tariff Measures
OAA
Osaka Action Agenda
OECD
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
PAC
Pacific Accrediation Cooperation
PASC
Pacific Area Standards Congress
PECC
Pacific Economic Cooperation Council
PFP
Partners for Progress
PLGSME
Ad-hoc Policy Level Group on Small and Medium Enterprise
PRC
Peoples Republic of China
ROO
Rules of Origin
SCCP
Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures
SCSC
Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance
SIS
APEC Seafood Information Systems
SMEs
Small and Medium Enterprises
SOM
Senior Officials Meeting
SPF
South Pacific Forum
SPS
WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
STCW
International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers
STIP
Science and Technology Industrial Park
TBT
Science and Technology Industrial Park
TDB
APEC Tariff Database
TELMIN
APEC Telecommunications Ministers Meeting
TELWG
Telecommunications Working Group
TILF/SPAN>
Trade and Investment Liberalization and Facilitation
TOR
Terms of Reference
TPD
Trade Policy Dialogue
TPTWG
Transportation Working Group
TRIPS
Agreement on the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
TWG
Tourism Working Group
UN/ECE
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
UN/EDIFACT
United Nations Rules for Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport
UNCITRAL
United Nations Commissions on International Trade Law/DD>
UNCTAD
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UR
Uruguay Round
URI
Uruguay Round Implementation
URL
Uniform Resource Locator
WCO
World Customs Organization
WGTGP
WTO Working Group on Transparency in Government Procurement
WTO
World Trade Organization
Another key trade organization is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASEAN
The Governments of Brunei Darussalam, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam are Member States of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN)working together with a goal of sustaining economic growth and development in all Member States. For more information on ASEAN Click Here

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