APEC Working Group




Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Elizabeth Kim
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5095 or ekim@uscib.org

Who We Are

The USCIB APEC Working Group is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined by consensus among the members.


The USCIB APEC Working Group supports our members’ interests within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and welcomes the committed partnerships that APEC has established with the private sector to engage with participatory economies in addressing the complex economic issues that face the region.

Why This Matters

APEC is comprised of 21 member economies, which account for approximately 40 percent of the world’s population, over 50 percent of the world’s total GDP and half of the world’s trade.

It is the top economic forum in the region that actively encourages economic growth, regional cooperation and trade and investment.


The USCIB APEC Working Group convenes issue specific events and meetings with high-level government officials to discuss member priorities and APEC meetings and outcomes. The Working Group produces an annual report on member priorities in the lead up to each APEC host year, and facilitates business input into APEC through four main channels:

  • U.S. APEC Business Coalition
  • APEC Business Advisory Council (through the National Center for APEC — NCAPEC)
  • International Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Government

USCIB is a partner organization within the U.S.-APEC Business Coalition (coordinated by NCAPEC), which includes a number of trade associations with a direct interest in APEC and in supporting U.S. business priorities.

Current Priorities

Through these channels, USCIB advocates for policies which encourage APEC economies to maintain an open trade and investment environment and eliminate non-tariff barriers across borders.

The Working Group collaborates with other USCIB committees on areas of USCIB priority and expertise within APEC, including:

  • Chemicals;
  • Electronic Commerce;
  • Customs;
  • Marketing and Advertising; and
  • Global Value Chains.

Positions and Statements

USCIB 2016 APEC Priority Issues and Recommendations (2/23/2016) - USCIB's APEC priorities reflect our objectives of promoting open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility.
USCIB Gears Up for APEC Summit With Business Priorities (10/31/2014) - More: Boost for APEC Agenda on Marketing The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum comprised of 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In the lead-up to APEC’s November meetings in Beijing, which will close out China’s host year, USCIB welcomes the committed partnerships that APEC sustained […]

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News Stories

USCIB Contributes to Setting Principles in APEC Transit Guidelines (9/25/2018) - USCIB represented industry at a workshop that was organized by Chilean Customs addressing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transit Guidelines. USCIB Director Customs and Trade Facilitation Megan Giblin attended the workshop which was held in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, September 11 – 12, 2018.
USCIB Gears Up for APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam (11/6/2017) - This week, USCIB’s Vice President of Product Policy and Innovation Mike Michener will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Da Nang, Viet Nam, as a business delegate and representative of the U.S. APEC Business Coalition.

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Press Releases

USCIB Welcomes Michael Michener as Vice President of Product Policy and Innovation (2/21/2017) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) announced that Michael Michener, a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive, has joined USCIB’s staff as vice president of product policy and innovation.
USCIB Urges Administration to Maintain Leadership on Trade (1/23/2017) - Following President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, USCIB urged the administration to maintain economic and strategic leadership.

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Staff Contact:   Michael Michener

VP, Product Policy and Innovation
Tel: 202.617.3159

Michael Michener is USCIB’s vice president of product policy and innovation, joining USCIB in early 2017. Michener is a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive. Michener most recently served in Brussels as director of multilateral relations for CropLife International, representing the association before a range of international organizations – including the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the UN Environment Program and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – on issues related to crop protection products and agriculture biotechnology.
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