Leaders are seen during the start of the online Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok on November 20, 2020. With US president Donald Trump, bottom right, now out of office, there is renewed optimism about progress in promoting regional prosperity and integration. Photo: EPA-EFE Leaders are seen during the start of the online Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok on November 20, 2020. With US president Donald Trump, bottom right, now out of office, there is renewed optimism about progress in promoting regional prosperity and integration. Photo: EPA-EFE
Leaders are seen during the start of the online Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok on November 20, 2020. With US president Donald Trump, bottom right, now out of office, there is renewed optimism about progress in promoting regional prosperity and integration. Photo: EPA-EFE
David Dodwell
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Inside Out by David Dodwell

How Apec can help drive growth amid fresh optimism for Asia-Pacific cooperation

  • With Trump out of the frame and potentially strong New Zealand leadership of Apec, region-wide collaboration is once again high on the agenda
  • Given its position at the heart of the region’s most recent trade agreements, there is huge potential for Apec to liberalise and boost growth in the Asia-Pacific

Leaders are seen during the start of the online Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok on November 20, 2020. With US president Donald Trump, bottom right, now out of office, there is renewed optimism about progress in promoting regional prosperity and integration. Photo: EPA-EFE Leaders are seen during the start of the online Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok on November 20, 2020. With US president Donald Trump, bottom right, now out of office, there is renewed optimism about progress in promoting regional prosperity and integration. Photo: EPA-EFE
Leaders are seen during the start of the online Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok on November 20, 2020. With US president Donald Trump, bottom right, now out of office, there is renewed optimism about progress in promoting regional prosperity and integration. Photo: EPA-EFE
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.