Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Briefing with Ambassador Matt Murray

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September 27, 2023
5:00pm to 6:00pm


In advance of the November APEC Summit in San Francisco, Ambassador Matt Murray (U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and Monica Hardy Whaley (President of the National Center for APEC/Pacific Summit Resources) will join us to brief us on the importance of U.S. economic engagement with the Asia Pacific region, current agendas in the works, challenges, and recent successes. 

Through APEC, the United States seeks to advance a free, fair, and open economic policy agenda that benefits U.S. workers, businesses, and families. The 21 APEC member economies account for nearly 40 percent of the global population, or nearly 3 billion people, and nearly 50 percent of global trade.


 Matt Murray was appointed as the U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in February 2022. In this role, he coordinates U.S. participation in APEC and also oversees the Office of Economic Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Prior to his current assignment, Matt led the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) as Senior Bureau Official from August 2021 to January 2022, and he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Negotiations from September 2020 to August 2021. READ MORE.

 Monica Hardy Whaley has been with the National Center for APEC (NCAPEC) since the Center’s founding after the first-ever APEC Leaders Meeting that took place in Seattle in 1993.  Monica is responsible for management of NCAPEC’s policy and administrative staff, membership, fundraising and fiscal management, and serves as the public spokesperson and representative of the National Center for APEC.

NCAPEC is the home of the APEC 2023 USA Private Sector Host Committee, the U.S. secretariat for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (US-PECC), the secretariat for the U.S. appointees to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), and Pacific Summit Resources, LLC, which partners with APEC Host economies to produce the annual APEC CEO Summit programs.  NCAPEC was also the lead coordinator for the APEC 2011 USA CEO Summit Host Committee. READ MORE.


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