Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner and CEO John W. H. Denton chaired a series of meetings in Vladivostok and Moscow as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

John participated in the annual dialogue with APEC leaders and led the Finance and Economic Working Group of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in a private meeting with China's president Hu Jintao and President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. John, along with five other business executives, hosted the round-table that also included the Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill.

The discussion focussed on Chinese economic trends, green technology initiatives in Mexico and food supplies in Papua New Guinea.

John also moderated the first session of the APEC CEO Summit on “Encouraging SMEs’ access to finance”, participated in the APEC Ministers’ meeting and chaired a working lunch with Finance Ministers and key ABAC members on "Public - Private Partnerships and the development of the APEC region's financial system".

John Denton and Barack Obama

The meeting outcomes were extremely positive, with the Ministers approving ABAC’s proposal to develop a Asia-Pacific Financial Forum and further encourage regional financial market integration. A Symposium will be held in Sydney in early 2013 to discuss the way forward.

The APEC forum is where business executives mix with political leaders to share views on the regional economy. Click here to read more. The APEC CEO Summit brings together key business leaders in the APEC region to discuss further opportunities for regional growth.

John Denton and Hu Jintao

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