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The New Zealand APEC Study Centre aims to promote interdisciplinary study and research on APEC-related themes involving political, social, and cultural, as well as economic, issues.

Trading relations in the Asia-Pacific region, where New Zealand conducts over 70% of its international trade, are undergoing a process of profound change. The spread of free-trade agreements (FTAs), the expansion of production networks, dramatic improvements in communications and logistics, and changes in alignments among the economies of the region are examples of trends that are re-shaping the way that trade is conducted in the region. Proposals for large region-wide trade agreements have far-reaching implications, both for the region and potentially for the global economy.

These developments, whether or not New Zealand is directly involved, inevitably have major implications for the future of the New Zealand economy. Research on them helps to provide a basis for New Zealand’s contributions to political dialogues on the future directions of the region’s trade policies.

The New Zealand APEC Study Centre is closely linked with the Business School's Economics Department. The New Zealand APEC Study Centre's close association with the Department of Economics reflects the guideline established by the New Zealand government that the activities of the Centre should emphasise economic issues.

In addition to an active research programme, the Department of Economics emphasises APEC issues in its teaching programmes with a postgraduate course - ECON 742: Trade Policy, and a Stage III undergraduate course - ECON 343: East Asian Growth and Trade.

The Centre is located alongside the New Zealand Asia Institute and works closely with this institute. The New Zealand Asia Institute coordinates research and teaching activity related to Asia within the University. It incorporates Centres for Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, Korean Studies and Southeast Asian Studies.

The APEC Study Centre and the two Institutes are able to draw on expertise from a wide range of disciplines located in the departments of Economics, International Business, Commercial Law, Political Studies, History, Geography and Sociology, as well as the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.