The APCAC was founded in 1968. Today, it represents the interests of 29 chambers of commerce throughout with over 15,000 member companies Southeast Asia. The council manages trade volumes of over $500 billion per year.
Last year, the APCAC’s annual Business Summit was held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore in tandem with Singapore’s 50th anniversary. Leadership from APCAC as well as representatives from various businesses, governments, and other organizations gathered to discuss Asia’s increasing economic growth and influence worldwide.
Keynote speakers included US ambassador to Singapore Kirk Wagner, Ministry of Trade and Industry minister Lim Hng Kiang, and author Jim Rogers, who wrote a book called Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets.
The conference’s title was The United States and Asia - New Opportunities in the Pacific Century, and participants were able to share thoughts and information about how the economic landscape of Asia is changing and what that may mean for its relationship with the United States.