Greetings from the mayor of San Francisco.
It is an honor to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Women and the Economy Summit, the largest delegation of diplomats our city has seen since the creation of the United Nations in 1945. We welcome our friends from throughout the Asia-Pacific region this week and are thrilled that San Francisco is hosting an event that will set the stage for the APEC USA 2011 Leaders Week in Honolulu, Hawaii, from Nov. 8-13, 2011.
San Francisco is one of America’s most exciting and beautiful cities, rich with culture and traditions that are reflected in our world-famous multicultural neighborhoods and communities. We have deep ties to the economies represented in APEC and, as the gateway to the Pacific, San Francisco’s economy shares an interdependence with the Asia-Pacific region. We share a commitment to advancing research, innovation and commerce. APEC’s 21 member economies are working together to advance regional economic integration and prosperity and today account for 55 percent of global GDP, purchase 58 percent of U.S. goods and exports, and include a market of 2.7 billion consumers.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Women and the Economy Summit will focus on policy themes including access to markets, access to capital, leadership and capacity building. San Francisco has a long history of recognizing that women’s participation and leadership in our economies and in our government are the keys to a thriving and successful economy. With local Bay Area natives Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, women leaders are more the rule than the exception in our city. We know the policy discussions that happen here will result in positive change on a global level, as well as help to form strong partnerships in advancing these issues for years to come.
With an unparalleled global reputation, a world-class international airport with connections to important markets throughout the APEC economies, and the most diverse and highly educated population of any major city, San Francisco provides the ideal setting for successful APEC meetings.
With warmest regards, Mayor Edwin M. Lee
When the United States announced it would host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit process in 2011, California was immediately a top choice for the toughest subjects needing innovative solutions.
Sustainable economies, alternative energy, clean transportation, economic empowerment of women and disaster management: Many subjects were discussed and went into our proposal to host APEC.
These topics and more became the focus of leaders from these Pacific Rim economies as they hold two weeks of meetings here.
The Bay Area Council and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute — together with our California APEC Host Committee — welcome Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her fellow Cabinet members from the U.S. and 20 other economies, technical experts and business leaders, reporters, students, and an army of workers and volunteers.
We expect as many as 4,000 people, all told, with a local economic impact of $10 million to $20 million.
The economic impact pales in comparison with the impact we hope to impart on the thinking, ideas and relationships that blossom.
APEC is an opportunity to celebrate what we bring to Asia-Pacific. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the world’s great metropolitan regions. Home to Silicon Valley, we are renowned for technology, innovation and creative thinking. We host the world’s greatest concentration of information technology, life sciences and clean tech companies, and a deep infrastructure of research institutions, including four University of California campuses, Stanford University, five national laboratories and a large number of private and independent research laboratories. Together, we tackle some of the greatest challenges we face as a global society.
The Bay Area is also a cosmopolitan community that looks toward the Pacific. Our companies are deeply engaged in global markets. Nine of our top 15 trading partners are APEC economies, and their importance is growing. More than two-thirds of our exports go to APEC markets. Our ports and airports carry the goods and people that fuel Pacific growth.
No less important, we are a community drawn from around the world. From across the Asia-Pacific region, we welcome entrepreneurs, students, visionaries, investors, business partners and workers forging the “Pacific Century.” We have a global outlook and a unique connection to the region that has growth and cooperation as its central goal.
This connects us with APEC, an organization dedicated to building pragmatic, constructive bonds of cooperation in Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most dynamic economic region and one with which our future as a community will be deeply intertwined.
Jim Wunderman, President & CEO Bay Area Council
R. Sean Randolph, Ph.D., President, Bay Area Council, Economic Institute
Paul V. Oliva, Senior Adviser, Bay Area Council, CalAPEC 2011 Host Committee