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The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is a group of 21 countries, formed in 1989, to promote free trade and investment flows, economic growth and stability in the Asia Pacific region.[1]

In November 1997, APEC leaders agreed to the development of a work plan for electronic commerce.


  1. Member countries include: Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; the People’s Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; the Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; the Republic of the Philippines; the Russian Federation; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; the United States; and Vietnam.


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