APEC Fact Sheet on 21st Annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting Outcomes Creating Jobs, Growth, and Economic Opportunity with AELM Declaration & Annexes
Under the chairmanship of Indonesian President Yudhoyono, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and agreed today in Nusa Dua, Bali, on a comprehensive set of measures to increase economic growth and job creation by expanding trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Leaders committed to establish a fund to improve supply chain performance in the region, address local content requirements by agreeing on alternative ways to promote job creation and domestic manufacturing, establish a public-private dialogue on environmental goods and services, and take steps to combat illegal trade in wildlife. The United States supports these and other initiatives through technical assistance to help APEC developing member economies make and implement APEC policy commitments. These steps will help U.S. growth and jobs by expanding export opportunities in the world’s fastest growing region.
Since their first meeting at Blake Island near Seattle in 1993, APEC Leaders have come together annually to advance their shared trade and investment and economic growth objectives in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC’s 21 member economies comprise a market of 2.77 billion consumers, account for 44 percent of world trade, and represent 55 percent of global economic output (more than $38 trillion in 2011). Six of America’s 10 largest trading partners are in APEC.
The APEC Agenda: Creating Jobs and Growth
Strengthening regional economic integration will help U.S. businesses and workers compete more effectively in the Asia-Pacific. Strong, balanced growth in the APEC region helps keep U.S. businesses growing, innovating, and hiring. APEC serves as an incubator for policy innovation in the region, working to address barriers to trade and investment that U.S. companies face in the region, thereby creating new business opportunities, jobs, and buying power for Americans. Since APEC was created, average tariffs in the region have fallen from 16 percent to 5 percent – on a volume of $2.6 trillion of trade between the United States and the Asia-Pacific economies. Since 1993, U.S. exports to other APEC member economies have nearly tripled.
In 2011, APEC economies purchased 61 percent of total U.S. goods exports ($942 billion in 2011), and over 37 percent of U.S. private services exports (over $225 billion in 2011), supporting six million American jobs.
In Bali, APEC commitments were made under Indonesia's three priority areas: 1) advancing the Bogor goals of free and open trade and investment; 2) improving physical, institutional, and people-to-people connectivity; and 3) pursuing economic growth that is both sustainable and equitable.
1. Achieving the Bogor Goals
APEC Ministers and Leaders agreed to:
APEC Ministers and Leaders agreed to improve physical connectivity, institutional connectivity, and people-to-people connectivity by agreeing to:
3. Sustainable Growth with Equity
Promoting the "sustainable" and "inclusive" tenets of the 2010 APEC Growth Strategy, APEC Ministers and Leaders committed to promote growth that is both economically sustainable and equitable by agreeing to:
APEC Economies – The Basic Facts
APEC’s member economies include: The United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Thailand, and Vietnam.
Number of Economies: 21 (6 of them among the top 10 U.S. goods export markets: Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Hong Kong)Market Size: 2.7 billion consumers
Combined APEC GDP: $40 trillion in 2012 (56 percent of world economic output)
U.S. Benefits from Trade with APEC Economies
Total U.S.-APEC Trade: $2.6 trillion in goods and services in 2011 (60.9 percent of total U.S. trade)
U.S.-APEC Trade Increase: Goods and services trade up 162 percent from nearly $1 trillion in 1994
U.S. Jobs Supported by Exports: An estimated six million jobs
Existing U.S.-APEC Free Trade Agreements:Seven (Australia, Canada, Chile, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Singapore)
Top U.S. Markets in APEC: Canada ($292.5 billion)
(Goods Exports 2012)
Mexico ($215.9 billion)
China ($110.5 billion)
Japan ($69.9 billion)
Korea ($42.3 billion)
Goods Exports to APEC:
$942 billion in 2011 (60 percent of total U.S. goods exports)
Up eight percent from 2011
Up 85 percent from 2000
Up 162 percent from 1994
Key Export Categories:
Machinery ($139.6 billion)
(Goods 2012) Electrical machinery ($116.1 billion)
Mineral Fuel (oil)($63.2 billion)
Plastics & Rubber Products ($23.8 billion)
Manufacturing Exports: $813.8 billion in 2012
Up 6.3 percent from 2011
$105.7 billion in 2012
Up 7.9percent from 2010
Top Agricultural Exports: Soybeans ($21.2 billion)
Coarse grains $8.4 billion
Red Meats ($10.0 billion)
Services Exports to APEC:
At least $225.8 billion in 2011
39 percent of total U.S. private services exports
Up 9.2 percent from 2010
Up 101 percent from 2000