APBF 2015 – 2 & 3 November

Driving growth and Sustainability through Business

Where & When — APBF 2015 will be held in United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand, on 2 & 3 November 2015.

Who — APBF participants consist of business, government, academic, civil society and other key stakeholder from across the Asia-Pacific.

Overview — APBF 2015 will be organized by ESCAP in collaboration with EBAC, ESBN, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) of Thailand, the Trade and Industry Association of Singapore (TIAS), the International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh (ICCB), the Pacific Islands Trade and Invest, the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), the Greater Mekong Subregion Business Forum (GMS-BF), the Mekong Institute, The Asia Foundation and the International Business Council of Sri Lanka.

APBF 2015 Objectives

To identify the challenges and discover the most promising opportunities for enhancing regional business connectivity, investment and partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, in particular within the context of achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable development in the region:

  • To examine region-wide business conditions and perspectives in a dynamic and ever-changing environment.
  • To discuss new and innovative ways to enhance the access to financing in the region.
  • To examine the challenges and opportunities to promote regional trade and transport facilitation.
  • To strengthen the regional business community to meet the challenges of increased competition, the need for corporate sustainability, the complexities of the regulatory environment and the post-2015 development agenda.
  • To promote the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through technology and innovation development.
  • To encourage cooperation between governments and business to achieve a better sustainable business and investment climate at the national, subregional and regional levels.
  • To discuss the relevant international tools, instruments and facilities aimed at increasing the adoption of international principles of responsible business conduct and the role of business in disaster risk reduction.

About APBF

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.


Logo for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

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.