View from the 19th floor: Reflections of the first APEC Executive Director

View from the 19th floor: Reflections of the first APEC Executive Director
Date of publication:  1994
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  102
Code:  APEC1

About the publication

VIEW FROM THE 19th FLOOR: Reflections of the first APEC Executive Director is, in the words of the author, "part narrative, part case study and part of my own thoughts about where APEC should be headed". In 1993, United States Ambassador William Bodde was sent to Singapore to set up a new economic organization. Bodde clearly relished the challenge of establishing a brand new international economic organization in the most dynamic region of the world. Instructed to keep the Secretariat small, effective and financially accountable, he describes his efforts to build a functioning, cross-cultural institution in less than a year. He also has to satisfy the fifteen-member economies spanning the Pacific that the organization reflected the wishes of all APEC members and not just those of the United States! This account, in addition to serving as a case study in international public administration, chronicles the meetings of the APEC Senior Officials and Ministers leading up to the historic APEC Leader's Meeting in Seattle at the end of 1993. He concludes the monographs with a number of provocative organizational and policy recommendations for the future of APEC.


  • View from the 19th floor: Reflections of the first APEC Executive Director
    [Whole Publication, ISBN: 9789814379274]
  • Preliminary pages
  • 1. How Would You Like to Go to Singapore?
  • 2. Gearing Up: Ethics & Accountability
  • 3. The Senior Official's Meetings
  • 4. Secretariat Relations with the Working Groups
  • 5. Starting Down the Information Highway
  • 6. Different Members, Different Visions
  • 7. Sleepless in Seattle
  • 8. Wrapping Up in Singapore
  • 9. Recommendations
  • 10. APEC's Future
  • Appendix I: What is APEC?
  • Appendix II: Organization Chart of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Forum), 1993
  • Appendix III: Joint Statement at the First APEC Ministerial Meeting in Canberra, 6-7 November 1989
  • Appendix IV: Joint Statement at the Second APEC Ministerial Meeting in Singapore, 29-31 July 1990
  • Appendix V: APEC Declaration at the Third Ministerial Meeting in Seoul, 12-14 November 1991
  • Appendix VI: APEC Declaration at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting in Bangkok, 10-11 September 1992
  • About the Author

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