View from the 19th Floor

View from the 19th Floor

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VIEW FROM THE 19th FLOOR: Reflections of the first APEC Executive Director is, in the words of the author, qpart narrative, part case study and part of my own thoughts about where APEC should be headedq. 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.Our opening reception the next day was attended by Singaporea#39;s foreign and trade ministers, other key Singaporean officials, the ... why there was not), and assurances that the procurement process followed the procedures approved by the SOM. ... Each professional was given a credit card and told that all legitimate expenses would be reimbursed within the standard United Nations per diem schedule.

Title:View from the 19th Floor
Author:William Bodde
Publisher:Institute of Southeast Asian Studies - 1994


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