New APEC reports released

In 2017 APEC Policy Support Unit released a number of analytical reports, e.g.:
1. “The APEC Women and the Economy Dashboard 2017”
The APEC Women and the Economy Dashboard provides a snapshot of the status of women in APEC by looking at a set of indicators that measure the progress of women’s participation in economic-related activities and inclusion in several aspects of life. The Dashboard comprises almost 80 indicators, classified into five areas the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) has identified as priorities, namely: 1) access to capital and assets; 2) access to markets; 3) skills, capacity-building and health; 4) leadership, voice and agency; and 5) innovation and technology.

These indicators were selected and endorsed by consensus in 2014 following an extensive study and consultations with data experts and economy representatives at PPWE. The goal was to identify credible, up-to-date metrics aligning with PPWE priorities, so policymakers can have a clear picture of the gaps and opportunities. The Dashboard is also intended to support gender integration across APEC. The indicators are cross-cutting across sectors in order for the Dashboard to be used as a tool by APEC’s technical working groups to integrate gender perspectives into their work. The indicators are drawn from a range of international data sources, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the World Economic Forum, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Health Organization, among others.
This report contains 22 dashboards, one for each of the 21 APEC member economies and another for the APEC region as a whole.
Full report
Press-release at the APEC web-site
2. “APEC’s Ease of Doing Business - Interim Assessment 2015-2016”
This interim assessment of the APEC’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) initiative during the year 2016 looks at the progress made by the APEC region in the five priority areas of: 1) starting a business; 2) dealing with construction permits; 3) getting credit; 4) trading across borders; and 5) enforcing contracts. This exercise, conducted as part of the Second EoDB Action Plan 2016-2018, also establishes the baseline values that will be used to evaluate APEC’s combined progress during this period.
By using the indicators from World Bank’s Doing Business in these five priority areas and their corresponding values in 2015 as a baseline, this assessment examines whether APEC’s combined performance in 2016 is on track to meet the overall target of 10% improvement across priority areas for the period 2016-2018. The examination of APEC’s average values in all priority areas’ indicators shows that APEC’s combined progress in 2016 was equal to 3.6%, exceeding the pro-rata target of 3.3%. The greatest progress was recorded in Getting Credit (10.5%), which can be explained by an improvement in the strength of the legal rights and the depth of credit information in the APEC region.
Full report