Five students from GraSPP are going to join young leaders from other member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) in mid-November in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
The APEC Voices of the Future (APEC VOF) is a unique program to bring youth from the 21 economies across the Pacific Rim and to give them various opportunities for dialogue with business and economic leaders during the APEC CEO Summit and the APEC Leaders’ Week.
The team visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Support Council for ABAC-JAPAN (SCABAC-J) ahead of their departure to gain knowledge about the opportunities and challenges surrounding APEC economies and to seek guidance for the team’s successful contribution to the youth dialogue.
At Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 19, Mr. Hiroshi Akai from APEC Division of Economic Affairs Bureau kindly spared his time to brief the team members on the APEC agenda for this year and then was joined by Mr. Keisuke Inada, a young diplomat and a GraSPP alumnus. At SCABAC-J on October 31, Messrs. Eiichiro Otsuka and Takamasa Iwasaki gave the team members an overview of the role of the APEC Business Advisory Council, the sole official advisory entity of the private sector for the APEC Leaders’ consultation, and provided advice for the team’s expected contribution to the dialogue.