PIDS to host annual conference of APEC study centers in May

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), lead convenor of the Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN), is the host of the APEC Study Centers Consortium (ASCC) Conference 2015, which will be held on May 12-13, 2015, in Boracay Island, Philippines. The conference is part of the Second Senior Officials Meeting (SOM2) and Related Meetings. This event is being organized in partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI).
The annual ASCC Conference provides an excellent opportunity for academics and scholars to discuss and exchange ideas on the APEC themes and to identify areas for regional collaboration among other APEC Study Centers (ASCs). Outcomes of the conference may serve as inputs to the different APEC working group discussions and may be integrated in the Leader's statements.

The conference session follows the priority areas of APEC 2015, namely: enhancing regional economic integration; fostering SMEs' participation in the regional and global economy; investing in human capital development; and building sustainable and resilient communities. Further details may be accessed from the ASCC Conference website (

The PASCN is one of the ASCs in APEC member-economies. ASCs undertake research, disseminate information, and facilitate discussion on APEC-related issues to support the attainment of APEC's vision and goals. The PASCN was established in 1996 through an administrative order as the Philippines' response to the APEC Leaders Education Initiative, which aims to develop regional cooperation in higher education and research. It is composed of the Asian Institute of Management, Ateneo De Manila University, Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University, Mindanao State University, Silliman University, University of Asia and the Pacific, University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines, Xavier University, Department of Foreign Affairs-Foreign Service Institute, and PIDS.

In line with the Philippine hosting of APEC 2015, PIDS was designated as a member of the Committee on APEC Host Economy Priorities (CHEP) through Administrative Order No. 36 (Creating the National Organizing Council for the Philippine Hosting of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meetings, Prescribing its Authority and Functions). PIDS and DFA-APEC National Secretariat have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement in the last quarter of 2013 to undertake the Research Project APEC 2015that will provide the analytical framework that would form part of the basis for the substantive priorities that the Philippines will push for as APEC Host Economy for 2015. The main output of the research project is a set of research studies with policy recommendations and strategies that would not only serve APEC 2015 purposes but could be used as inputs to the Philippine government’s future development planning, strategizing, and visioning exercises in a post-2015 scenario. Policy Notes and Discussion papers from the project can be downloaded from the PIDS website (

The PASCN is also an active member of the Technical Board for APEC Matters (TBAM). Its membership to TBAM was re-affirmed under Section 5 of Administrative Order No. 20 (Reorganizing and Renaming the Philippine Council on ASEAN and APEC Cooperation [PCAAC] into the Philippine Council for Regional Cooperation [PCRC]) issued on September 6, 2011.

For more inquiries about the ASCC Conference 2015, you may contact Dr. Erlinda M. Medalla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Vice Chair, ASCC Conference 2015 and Project Director, Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN) Secretariat (copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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