SERDEF takes part in APEC open trade goal survey

The Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation (SERDEF) is currently taking part in the APEC survey on the achievement of its open trade and investment goals which is being conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

This is a online perception survey relating to APEC’s commitment to the achievement of its goal of free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific by the year 2020.

The questions centered on the progress being made by the Philippines towards the fulfillment of the so-called Bogor goals, as follows: “APEC’s vision beyond 2010 should be people-centered; the core principles of APEC should be preserved and that growth and inclusion should be achieved with APEC’s free and open trade and investment; and the main challenges for APEC should be from non-traditional security issues and the emergence of the digital economy and technological change.”

Target respondents to the survey are heads of civil society organizations, non-government organizations, and youth organizations.

SERDEF and other respondents are requested not only to reply to the questionnaire but also to cascade the survey to other relevant organizations within their respective networks.

The goals were set forth in a series of meetings of the APEC Vision Group (AVG), the first of which took place in Papua New Guinea in 1994.

Photo was taken during an APEC summit in Papua New Guinea in 2018.

The Philippine AVG Committee, spearheaded by the PIDS, has convened representatives from government, business and the academe to formulate a Post-2020 vision of APEC from the perspective of the Philippines.

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