CalChamber Applauds News of San Francisco Selected as Host City for Asia-Pacific Leaders Meeting in Fall 2023

On Friday, November 18, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Annual Leaders Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris announced that during the United States’ host year in 2023, the APEC Leaders Meeting will take place in San Francisco. The California Chamber of Commerce was a strong advocate for California to host the APEC meeting, urging the State Department to select a location in the state.

CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera responded to Friday’s announcement saying, “Exciting news that San Francisco has been selected to host the APEC Summit next November. With California’s trade and investment connections to the Pacific Rim, together with our historical and cultural ties to this region, California was a natural choice to host this prestigious event. International trade and investment are major parts of California’s economic engine that broadly benefit businesses, communities, consumers and government. It is also one of our state’s key competitive advantages.”

APEC Business Advisory US Chair

Dominic Ng, Chairman and CEO of East West Bank, is President Joe Biden’s appointee as 2023 Chair of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). East West Bank is represented on the California Chamber of Commerce Board.

As Chair of the ABAC, Ng will work closely with other ABAC members to provide recommendations to APEC Leaders reflecting the perspectives of key APEC stakeholders.

Ng responded to Friday’s announcement saying, “I’m thrilled that San Francisco was selected to host APEC next November. As one of the most significant cultural, commercial, and financial hubs in the United States, San Francisco is a great choice for a gathering of economic leaders from throughout the Asia-Pacific region. As ABAC Chair, I look forward to working closely with the Biden Administration, the State of California, and the City of San Francisco on a successful APEC in 2023.”

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