APEC is an inter-governmental forum of 21 member economies located in the Pacific Rim. Its focus is on supporting and enabling trade that is inclusive and sustainable.
APEC consists of over 80 different working groups and fora, each focused on different sets of issues. MPI is the lead New Zealand agency for 7 of these groups, as they pertain to food, agriculture, or oceans and fisheries.
During New Zealand's host year, MPI held a series of APEC workshops and webinars. The goal of these workshops was to share knowledge and build capacity between public and private sector delegates across the APEC region, as well as brainstorm ideas for the new APEC Food Security Roadmap Towards 2030.
The Services and the Food System Workshop
MPI hosted the Services and the Food System workshop under the Policy Partnership on Food Security forum between 13 and 16 April 2021.
The main objectives of the workshop were to:
- heighten awareness of barriers and issues impacting services along the food value chain
- generate a series of recommendations that may inform future policy development in this area.
The workshop was held over 4 days, with 18 speakers. Themes covered include:
- COVID-19 impacts on the food system and services
- supply chain and product integrity
- regulatory barriers and issues
- traceability and the food chain
- food system services policy settings
- sustainability and services
- marketing, education, and training services
- crisis management.
Post-workshop report available
In September 2021, APEC released a report on the workshop's proceedings. The report provides an overview, the key policy recommendations that resulted from the project, and other major outputs.