Asia Pacific Business Forum (APBF)


Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2017 will be jointly organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Bangladesh and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 8-9 February 2017. The Forum will be held under the patronage of the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of Bangladesh. The theme of the 2017 Forum is Regional Integration to Achieve Sustainable Development as envisaged by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) is the flagship regional business forum organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). With its 53 Member States plus nine Associate Members, ranging from least developed and Pacific Island countries, to countries with emerging markets, ESCAP secretariat as well as ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC) and Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) are the driving forces behind APBF.

APBF’s mission is to provide the best platform for regional public-private sector dialogue on the role and needs of business in achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable development. APBF was first launched in 2004 in Shanghai, where it attracted over 2,000 participants from business, government, academia and civil society from across the region. Over the course of one decade, it has helped form a pan-Asian multi-stakeholder network, and has been hosted in various locations, such as Almaty, Bangkok, Colombo, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Kunming.


The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), located in Bangkok, Thailand, is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 1947 to encourage economic cooperation among its member states and is one of five regional commissions under the administrative direction of United Nations headquarters. Made up of 53 Member States plus 9 Associate Members, the region is home to 4.1 billion people, or two thirds of the world's population. This makes ESCAP the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional commissions, and the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region.

ESCAP provides a forum for its member States that promotes regional cooperation and collective action, assisting countries in building and sustaining shared economic growth and social equity. Overall, ESCAP's norm setting and policy work ultimately impacts people's lives in a positive way by helping countries shape and implement a more balanced and inclusive development agenda for the region.

Sustainable Development :

People concerned about sustainable development suggest that meeting the needs of the future depends on how well we balance social, economic, and environmental objectives--or needs--when making decisions today.

Many of these objectives may seem to conflict with each other in the short term. For example, industrial growth might conflict with preserving natural resources. Yet, in the long term, responsible use of natural resources now will help ensure that there are resources available for sustained industrial growth far into the future.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific region would be elusive if there is inadequate pace in the regional economic cooperation and integration to accelerate economic structural diversification and promote job-generating growth. Regional integration as a process by which two or nation-states agree to co-operate and work closely together to achieve peace, stability and wealth would require a renewed commitment on the part of governments to economic diversification specifically in priority areas such as cross-border infrastructure in transport, energy and ICT, as well as for additional policy reforms to support market-driven trade and investment-led diversification and integration. The question for business sector is how it could seize a valuable window of opportunity that now exists towards the SDGs to revisit its development trajectory, and to effectively implement the; and how governments would establish the necessary enabling regulatory environment for this to catalyze such integration, and how to incentivize the business sector to harness the regional integration for the social, environmental, and economic imperative.

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