Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors' Forum

The Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) and Mayors’ Forum is an initiative of Brisbane City Council. APCS is an international event to drive economic growth for Brisbane, South East Queensland, Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region.

The APCS has become one of the region's premier business and civic forums, providing a platform for governments and businesses to identify a common agenda, improve city governance and promote trade and investment opportunities in the Asia Pacific region.

Founded in 1996, the APCS is an integral part of Council's economic development agenda for the city by fostering international networks and forging new business relations throughout the region. Held biennially, the host city alternates between Brisbane and bidding international cities.

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 in Denpasar and APCS in general, please contact the APCS Secretariat in Brisbane:

Alternatively, you can visit the APCS website.

Last updated: 19 November 2020