APFAO holds first general meeting, forms ‘core group’

The Asia Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO) held its first general meeting at the start of the 2016 ASAE Great Ideas Global Association Management Conference  Asia-Pacific on April 10, 2016 in Hong Kong.

APFAO is a regional network of national “associations of associations” established on March 24, 2015 at the 2015 ASAE Great Ideas Global Association Management Conference  Asia-Pacific also held in Hong Kong.

The meeting was convened at the Shangrila Kowloon on April 10, 2016 and was attended by an expanded group consisting of the four APFAO “founding members” namely, the Associations Forum, the Australasian Society of Association Executives, the Korean Society of Association Executives and the PCAAE. They were joined by representatives from the ASAE, ICCA as well as tourism boards, convention bureaus and a business federation from Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.

The attendees in the meeting agreed to move the APFAO forward, forming a ‘core group’ to provide guidance and direction to the initiative, with the PCAAE continuing on as the APFAO ‘focal point’ to coordinate its activities and to manage its initial programs such as the APFAO website and the soon-to-be-launched APFAO enewsletter.