Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) and Mayors' Forum

The APCS and Mayors’ Forum is the Asia Pacific region’s premier Summit connecting local government, business and industry leaders. Since its establishment in 1996 by Brisbane City Council, the APCS has become a leading platform for cities and industry to identify common challenges, exchange knowledge and drive commercial outcomes.

The Summit creates opportunities for growth and networking for everyone from local business owners to global corporates, city leaders, policy makers, researchers and emerging leaders.

Brisbane City Council is the Secretariat of the APCS.

Save the date: 2023APCS

The next APCS and Mayors’ Forum (2023APCS) will be held in Brisbane from 11 – 13 October 2023.

For further information about the 2023APCS or to subscribe to the APCS e-newsletter to receive the latest updates, please visit the APCS website.

Previous summits

2021APCS Special Edition

The 2021 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum Special Edition (2021APCS Special Edition) was held in Brisbane from 8 to 12 September 2021. The Summit took place in a hybrid format for the first time and welcomed over 700 delegates to the event, both physically and virtually, representing 74 cities including 51 Mayors and Deputy Mayors.

Under the overarching theme of Redefining Cities through Opportunities and Challenges, 100 speakers and presenters participated in the program, including keynote speakers  Martin O’Malley, 61st Governor of Maryland and former Mayor of Baltimore, and Kurt Fearnley AO, Australian wheelchair racer and three-time Paralympic gold medallist.

To see the highlights of the 2021APCS Special Edition, visit theAPCS website.


The 12th Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2019APCS) and Mayors’ Forum was held in Brisbane, from 7-10 July and welcomed more than 1400 government, business and emerging leaders from 140 cities, including 83 Mayors. This was the highest number of delegates and cities for onshore Summits to date, further cementing the APCS as one of the leading forums in the Asia Pacific region.

Under the leading theme of Driving Cities through Business and Innovation, delegates made new business connections, engaged in meaningful conversations about the innovation, mobility, liveability and sustainability of cities, and heard from inspiring speakers over four days. The 2019APCS offered an extensive program featuring 196 presenters, including keynote speakers Marc Randolph, Co-founder of Netflix, Andreas Weigend, Former Chief Scientist of Amazon and Peggy Liu, Chairperson of the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE).


The 11th Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2017APCS) and Mayors’ Forum was held in Brisbane’s sister city Daejeon, Republic of Korea on 10-13 September 2017. The leading theme for 2017APCS was Shaping the Future of the Asia Pacific.

2400 delegates from 125 cities across the Asia Pacific region and beyond attended the Summit. Keynote speakers included Ms Cherie Blair, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Mr Jared Cohen, President of Jigsaw and Dr Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute.


The 10th Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2015APCS) and Mayors' Forum was held in Brisbane on 5-8 July 2015. The leading theme for 2015APCS was Business and Leadership in the Asia Pacific.

1303 delegates from 135 cities across the Asia Pacific region and beyond attended the Summit, including 93 Mayors representing a global community of more than 134 million people. This presented a unique opportunity for businesses interested in establishing or expanding their footprint in the Asia Pacific region to engage with their international counterparts.

More information

For all enquiries relating to the 2023APCS, please contact the APCS Secretariat in Brisbane:

Alternatively, you can visit the APCS website.

Last updated: 20 July 2022

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