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On APEC Affairs

Priorities outlined by senior officials of the 21 economies for APEC 2015 are as follows:

Enhance Regional Integration
Members will organize a task force to study issues related to the pursuit of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), Key emphasis of discussion include cooperation to improve customs handling for goods, easing trade and services barriers, strengthening core engines of growth such as local financial institutions and adopting a Global Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Foster Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME)
Another important theme will be to support the development of small and medium enterprises, with strong emphasis on making it easy to do business in the region. APEC’s goal is to improve efficiency by 25% by the end of 2015. A crucial aspect of this effort will be a renewed effort to address corruption and modernize the whole SME sector.

Human Capital Development
There will be a focus on creating more women entrepreneurs and businesses as part of a stronger investment in the large human capital of the region. Support for the women’s business network include training in finances, technology and other professional development. A key component that would impact academia is the effort to create 1 million student exchange opportunities each year among member economies by 2020.

Build sustainable and resilient communities
APEC aims to reduce tariffs, increase renewable energy and bring down carbon emissions. Efforts would also include nurturing stronger communities that are more resilient to natural disasters and health threats.



**APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum headquartered in Singapore. It has 21 member economies.

Fall 2015 Courses

HIST 387-001 History of Taiwan

Wednesdays 7.20pm – 10.00pm
Instructor: Dr. Gerrit van der Wees

Prof Gerrit van der WeesTaiwan has a rich history, with its strategic geographic location attracting a succession of pirates, colonial powers, and settlers driven by poverty and chaos in China to this fertile land originally populated by Austronesian peoples.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the history and people of Taiwan and its success in transforming itself from an authoritarian, underdeveloped country into a free and vibrant democracy. The course will also explore the complex triangular relationship among Taiwan, China and the United States.

RELI 212-01 Religions of Asia

Tues and Thur 3.00pm – 4.15pm
Instructor: Prof. Young Chan Ro

Daoist StatueThis course surveys the religions of India, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and the religions of the Far East, China, and Japan, including Daosim, Confucianism, Shinto, from origins to present. This course satisfies General Education requirement for global understanding..

Who We Are

CAPEC is an informal network of faculty, staff, students, university partners, and community friends committed to advance economic, cultural and social understanding of the Asia-Pacific economies through education and practice for the Mason community.

We provide service to the university by supporting curricula and research development, promoting exchange activities and cross-cultural events, providing student mentoring, and building partnerships.

Our emphasis:

  • Nurture student research in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Use interdisciplinary collaborative approaches to engage internal and external partners.
  • Increase knowledge of East Asian cultures and societies among scholars and non-academics.

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Center for Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (CAPEC)
George Mason University
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