Asia Pacific Cities Summit 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.

2021APCS Special Edition

Building on this history and proven track record, Brisbane is delighted to host the Special Edition of the Summit in 2021 in Brisbane, home of the APCS, from 8-12 September 2021.

The overarching theme of the 2021APCS Special Edition is ‘Redefining Cites through Opportunities and Challenges’, setting the tone for meaningful conversation about effective solutions for cities and business. The inspiring speakers, high-calibre networking opportunities and top-level insights that the 2021APCS Special Edition presents will equip attendees to meet the challenges and opportunities of the new world.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has provided city leaders and industry experts the opportunity to not only accelerate change, but also to witness how agility, resilience and fresh thinking can rebuild and sustain our cities.

The hybrid format of this year’s event will ensure international and interstate delegates and exhibitors can continue to connect with us despite the current travel restrictions. Using new technologies, we will provide face-to-face participation for those who can attend in person and immersive, virtual participation options for those who cannot.

The 2021APCS Special Edition is covered by a delivery guarantee. If you have registered to attend the Summit physically and cannot attend for any reasons, including due to restrictions put in place as a response to COVID-19, you can attend the event as a virtual delegate.

For more information about the 2021APCS Special Edition and to register, visit the APCS website

You can also watch this video on Council's YouTube channel

Previous summits


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).

To see the highlights of the 2019APCS, visit the APCS website.


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.

To see the highlights of the 2017APCS and attendee testimonials, visit the APCS website


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 2021APCS Special Edition, please contact the APCS Secretariat in Brisbane:

Alternatively, you can visit the APCS website.

Last updated: 3 August 2021

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