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Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg (Embassy photo)

Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg

We at the U.S. Embassy Manila, including our Economic, Commercial, Agricultural, Consular, and Public Affairs teams, are ready to assist you in your efforts to promote business between the United States and the Philippines.

The Philippine government continues to make significant progress in implementing policy and institutional reforms. The Philippines has also achieved remarkable improvements in GDP growth, competitiveness, tax revenues, and sovereign debt ranking. The Philippines is a market where American products and services are well known and held in high regard, owing to the very close relationship between our two countries.

We look forward to working with the Philippines as it hosts and chairs the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 2015, under theme, "Building Inclusive economies, building a better world."

The United States and the Philippines, together with the other 19 APEC member economies, will focus our efforts on promoting inclusive and sustainable growth by investing in human capital, fostering small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs) participation in the regional and global economy, building sustainable and resilient communities, and enhancing regional economic integration.

APEC 2015

The Philippines will host and chair the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 2015. APEC’s 21 member economies are among the most economically dynamic in the world and together account for nearly 3 billion consumers, 44 percent of global trade, and 56 percent of global economic output.

APEC's primary mission is to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade and investment, creating new business opportunities, jobs, and buying power for Filipinos, Americans, and people in all APEC economies. APEC also promotes policies and builds capacity to help sustain economic development and enhance cooperation among the economies of the region.  These efforts contribute to the continued expansion of the market as well as the stability of the region.  

The 2015 APEC theme is, "Building Inclusive economies, building a better world." While we continue to follow through on our previous commitments and initiatives, our Philippine host is focusing our efforts on the theme of promoting inclusive and sustainable growth. Unfortunately, even as the APEC region has grown, we have found that the degree of income and social inequality has increased quite sharply in many individual economies across APEC. So, this year, we will work specifically to increase small and medium and micro enterprises’ (SMMEs) access to capital and regional markets. We will focus on human capital development, including improving working conditions for people with disabilities. We will be looking at economic and financial structural reforms and policies that can provide more training and opportunities for young people from remote communities and disadvantaged groups.

Since its beginnings in 1989, APEC has made a very significant contribution to the remarkable economic growth, as well as the stability, of the region. On the trade side, APEC has worked to reduce tariffs, for example, through the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) as early as in 1996 or the more recent commitment to lower tariffs on environmental goods reached in 2012. During this period, the average tariff rate in the APEC region has fallen from nearly 17 percent in 1989 to about 5 percent in 2012.

Beyond this, APEC is also addressing many of the critical issues that create political instability and eventually stymie economic growth in many countries. For example, we’re combatting corruption by establishing a network of law enforcement officials and agreeing to APEC anti-bribery principles and corporate compliance guidelines. We’re expanding economic opportunities for women by facilitating their access to markets and capital and ensuring equal access to employment opportunities by identifying barrier to their economic participation. We’re setting up an electronic APEC Women entrepreneurship network to link women entrepreneurs across the region. We’re promoting cross-border education, with eight APEC economies establishing over 150 APEC scholarships and internships last year. We’re also working to reduce carbon emissions by agreeing to conduct peer reviews to reduce and phase out inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies and promoting the deployment of clean energy technologies.

Recognizing the particular vulnerability of the Asia-Pacific region to natural disasters, the United States will work with the Philippines and others to build a regional trade recovery communications mechanism to coordinate public and private cargo transport after a disaster, improve the movement of humanitarian goods across borders, encourage appropriate donations after disasters, and generally work to improve the resilience of the global supply chain.

In cooperation with the Philippines and other APEC member economies, we look forward to a fruitful and successful 2015.





8-9 Dec

Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting


15-16 Jan

APEC Public-Private Dialogue on Identifying and Addressing Impediments to Improve a Business-Friendly Infrastructure Investment in the APEC Region

Ha Noi,Viet Nam

21-23 Jan

Senior Finance Officials’ Meeting (SFOM)


26 Jan-7 Feb

First Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM1)


27-30 Jan

APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) 1

Hong Kong, Hong Kong China

3-4 Mar

Asia-Pacific Financial Forum


4 Mar


Asia-Pacific Infrastructure Partnership Dialogue

APEC PPP Experts Advisory Panel Meeting


5-6 Mar

APEC Finance and Central Bank Deputy Ministers’ Meeting


16 Mar

Seminar on Financial Inclusions and Directions


26-31 Mar

Telecommunications Ministerial Meeting


16-17 April

Open Data Initiative


22-24 April

Automotive Dialogue


20-23 April

APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) 2

Mexico City, Mexico


Pacific Alliance Forum

Mexico City, Mexico

TBD (May)

8th Emergency Preparedness Working Group Meeting (EPWG)


3-5 May

Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

6-7 May

High Level Policy Dialogue on Human Capacity Building

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

10-21 May

Second Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM2)


23 May

Trade and Industry CEO Roundtable


23-24 May

Ministers Responsible for Trade


26-29 May

41st Transportation Working Group Meeting (TPTWG)

Jeju Island, Korea

8-11 June

40th Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Working Group and Workshops

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

10 June

Fiscal Intelligence & Sustainable Health Financing

Bagac, Bataan

11-12 June

Senior Finance Officials’ Meeting (SFOM)

Bagac, Bataan

6-7 July

High Level Policy Dialogue on Science and Technology in Higher Education (HLPD-STHE)


23-24 July

Infrastructure Seminar


10-13 Aug

APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) 3

Melbourne, Australia

24 Aug-6 Sept

Third Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings (SOM3)


25 Aug

2015 APEC Typhoon Symposium (APTS)


26-28 Aug

Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) 6


7-8 Sept

Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (SRMM)


9-11 Sept

Finance Ministerial Meeting (FMM)


9-11 Sept

Finance Roundtable


14-15 Sept

Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (SDMOF)


16-18 Sept

Women and the Economy (WE)


16-18 Sept

Women and the Economy Summit (WS)


28 Sept-6 Oct

Food Security Week

ATCWG (28-29 Sept)

HLPDAB (30 Sept – 1 Oct)

PPFS (2-3 Oct)

HLPD FSBE (4-6 Oct)


21-25 Sept

Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting (SMEMM)


8-10 Oct

Transportation Ministerial Meeting (TMM)


8-10 Oct

Transportation Industry CEO Roundtable


12-14 Oct

Energy Working Group Meeting


12-14 Oct

Energy Ministerial Meeting (EMM)


12-14 Oct

Private Sector Dialogue on Energy


14 Oct

Energy CEO Roundtable


13-14 Nov

Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting (CSOM)


13-16 Nov

APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) 4


12-18 Nov

*APEC Voices of the Future


16 Nov

*SMME Summit


16-17 Nov

APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM)


16-18 Nov



18 Nov

ABAC Dialogue with Leaders


18-19 Nov

APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM)



*Note: APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)-related events shall be adjusted accordingly.


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