About APEC CTF breadcrumb History and Establishment

APEC was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence among Asia-Pacific economies. APEC promotes open trade and practical economic cooperation amongst its members. In APEC terminology, members are referred to as “economies” and not as “countries”.

APEC as an organization is a relatively loose grouping, based on consensus and voluntary commitments of members. It encourages cooperative activities amongst members as it is concerned with making development sustainable both economically and environmentally. APEC has many working groups and task forces which oversee these projects and ultimately report to annual meetings of finance ministers and APEC Leaders. Meetings of other high-level politicians such as Science Ministers also take place from time to time. Within APEC is the Industrial Science and Technology Working Group (ISTWG). ISTWG’s objective is to improve quality of life while safeguarding the natural environment that is built on the development and application of industrial science and technology within a dynamic Asia-Pacific region. (Osaka, Action Agenda)

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)‘s member economies are located on a map below.

The APEC Center for Technology Foresight (APEC CTF) is a project of the ISTWG of APEC. The Center was set up through the support of the Thai government and as a unit currently hosted by the Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO).

Though started simple, the Center has gradually adapted its approach over the past decade as it has tackled a variety of topics seen to be of importance to the APEC region (water, energy, emerging diseases, among others). The projects have become more complex and have increasingly involved a wide range of experts from different backgrounds as the need for convergence of technologies and knowledge systems in pursuit of a common goal has emerged.


2022 Highlights

  • Circular Economy (CE) Technology Foresight Workshop
  • Innovation Roadmap for Industrial Decarbonization.

2016 Highlights

Innovation Futures in APEC: Competitiveness and Grand Challenges

2013 Highlights

Integrated Foresight for Sustainable Economic Development and Eco-Resilience in ASEAN Countries

2008 Highlights

Technology Roadmap for Plastic and Furniture Industries

2007 Highlights

Aging Society to Mature Society

2006 Highlights

Roadmapping Converging Technologies to Combat Emerging Infectious Diseases