Asia Pacific Business Forum 2020 #APBF2020

In 2019, the Asia Pacific Business Forum was hosted in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for the first time. The event was attended by Chief Executives, Chairmen and influencers of business, aid and development from across the Asia Pacific.

SR Curio director, Sofia Ramoi was a delegate and a successful outcome of attending the meetings was meeting the Chairman of Colorpak Limited and the Pacific Foam Group, which employs a workforce at their factory and offices in Lae and Port Moresby to conceptualize and brand the socially responsible Lukautim Bag, which has been adopted and used at national retailer, City Phatmacy Group, replacing single use plastic bags in Papua New Guinea.

Executive Director of Port Moresby-based professional digital & design agency specialising in digital marketing and creative design solutions Verge PNG, Zha Agabe-Granfar shared how APBF 2019 served as a sustainable development forum:

Discussions were held about the challenges of sustainable development for business across the region and international visitors were impressed by the rich potential and valuable new relationships formed linking Papua New Guinea and the Pacific to Asia.

Zha Agabe-Granfar, Executive Director of Verge PNG

Chris Mitchell, a Business Analyst from Brisbane, Australia attended APBF2019 as a self funded attendee to understand climate change situation in the Pacific for his Honours degree dissertation.

The 2019 ESCAP Asia-Pacific Business Forum, held in Port Moresby, was a fantastic opportunity to mix with like-minded people and to listen, learn, discuss and understand business issues faced in the Asia-Pacific region from individuals and businesses firsthand experiences. As such, it was a wonderful environment to forge new alliances, generate new business opportunities and meet new friends.
The beautiful APEC Haus allowed the whole attendees to congregate together and listen to a line of high-quality specialists speaking within their field of expertise. Afterwards, breakout sessions were available to choose from covering a variety of aspects within the event theme of global goals and local opportunities.
Thoroughly enjoyed myself and look forward to the next one.

Chris Mitchell
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The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) is the flagship regional business forum organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The APBF’s mission is to provide the best platform for continuous regional multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role and needs of business in achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable development. 

For more information on previous sessions of the APBF please visit this page.

The theme for this year is the Future of Global Value Chains and Implications for SME’s.

The Asia-Pacific Business Forum for 2020 is being held on October 30, 2020 virtually and there are only 9 days left to register.

UPDATE: Registration is now closed, but all sessions will be broadcasted on YouTube. Please access the sessions on YouTube by visiting

Register here


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