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SOM 1 Stakeholder Engagement Highlights

The First APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM 1) in Palm Springs, California, held between February 14 and February 28, engaged a range of external stakeholders from diverse sectors and public-private partnerships as we seek to make the 2023 U.S. APEC host year more interconnected, innovative, and inclusive. Collaborations with the United States government agencies and stakeholders helped SOM 1 to shape implementations on how APEC can benefit communities across the region and the country as we strive to generate resilient, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth. 

Interagency Coordination 

  • Through interagency coordination, over 40 U.S. Government officials out of a total of more than 200 participants from 12 departments participated in SOM 1 as a moderator, speaker, presenter, and/or workshop organizer.   
  • Expert and working-level APEC groups took field trips throughout California’s Inland Empire region, including the San Bernardino National Forest and Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains Visitor Center (USDA Climate Hubs), to see U.S. policies and best practices in action. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also hosted a Climate Side Event and Agriculture Host Year Kick-Off reception.  

External Stakeholders 

  • Throughout SOM1, nearly 200 stakeholder organizations in civil society, business advocacy, academia and research, and private and nonprofit sectors as well as international organizations participated or delivered remarks in workshops and/or plenary sessions. 
  • More than 100 private sector stakeholders, businesses, and industry advocacy groups attended SOM1 meetings. 

Special Engagements  

  • Our partner, the National Center for APEC, and the U.S. business association for APEC, for co-hosting an iconic reception for SOM1 delegates that provided the opportunity to engage with Black, Hispanic, and LGBTQ chambers in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership as well as local business lenders. 
  • Additionally, we worked closely with a myriad of local stakeholders, including California State Government and City of Palm Springs. U.S. Senior Official for APEC, Matt Murray and the U.S. APEC Secretariat team met Grace Elena Garner, the first Latina mayor of Palm Springs to talk about how perfect Palm Springs was for SOM 1 as it is a crossroads of North America, South America, and East Asia — the key geographies of our APEC membership – and demonstrates America’s diversity and inclusion through tribal histories and communities. Accordingly, I had a chance to meet with representatives of the Cahuilla Indians at the Agua Caliente tribal government headquarters. 
  • The EPIC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs at University of California, Riverside hosted APEC delegates participating in the Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) and discussed advancing inclusivity in science and innovation, indigenous knowledge, women in STEM, and public-private partnerships, key to achieving the US Host Year goal to create a resilient and sustainable future for all.  

Private Sector

APEC CEO Summit 2023 Site

January 2023
APEC LinkedIn Posts:
“Thank you for hosting a great discussion [American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore]! — Senior Official Murray.”
APEC on LinkedIn: “Thanks! It was terrific to be with you in Singapore [American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce]! — Senior Official Murray.”

November 21, 2022
CalChamber: San Francisco Announced as Host City for Asia-Pacific Leaders Meeting in Fall 2023

September 14, 2022
National Center for APEC Launches APEC USA 2023 Private Sector Host Committee to Advance U.S. Economic Engagement in the Asia-Pacific

State & Local Government

NOVEMBER 18, 2022
CA – Office of Governor: Governor Newsom Welcomes 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit to California
SF.Gov: San Francisco named host city for 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit

october 27, 2022

Academia/Think Tanks

January 10, 2023
Asia Society New York: APEC 2023 Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future Amidst Global Disruption

decmeber 26, 2022
East-West Center: Why APEC Matters to Hawai’i Now

decmeber 14, 2022

Civil Society

decmeber 8, 2022

U.S. Department of State

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