17th APRCE-Manila
Asia Fast Forward

Asia Fast Forward

This year's APRCE has adopted the theme "ASIA FAST FORWARD" to highlight the region's growing strength as an economic community. Everything is converging in Asia as the fastest growing economic region in the world. The pace and scale of change in our part of the world have been staggering and the global business community is looking at Asia more than ever, for investment opportunities and future business expansion.

According to the United Nations, the Asia Pacific region accounts for 60% of the world's population with an estimated 4 billion people, making it a top destination for global retail chains. Asia continues to serve as the main driver of retail growth in the world as countries' economies develop and grow robustly. According to Price Waterhouse Coopers, retail sales volume in Asia Pacific is forecasted to grow 6% in 2013 and will maintain this upward momentum until 2016 with an estimated market worth of US$11.8 Trillion. Furthermore, in the recent Nielsen Global Consumer Survey, Asia Pacific leads in global consumer confidence for the last quarter of 2013. It is the only region in the world that has gained in consumer confidence, increasing four points from the same period last 2012. With a growing critical mass of population in Asia Pacific, it is no doubt that the region warrants long-term investments and tailored market strategies.

There is no better time to be in Asia than NOW!

History of APRCE

  • Tokyo, Japan

    In 1983, the 1st ARCE (Asian Retailers Convention and Exhibition) was held
    in Tokyo, Japan

  • Seoul, Korea

    In 1985, 2nd ARCE was held in Seoul, Korea

  • Hong Kong

    In 1987, 3rd ARCE was held in Hong Kong

  • Singapore

    In 1989, 4th ARCE was held in Singapore

  • Bangkok, Thailand

    In 1991, 5th ARCE was held in Bangkok, Thailand

  • Manila, Philippines

    In 1993, 6th ARCE was held in Manila, Philippines
    (1st time Exhibition was added)

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    In 1995, 7th ARCE was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Adelaide, Australia

    In 1997, 8th ARCE was held in Adelaide, Australia

  • Chinese Taipei

    In 1999, 9th ARCE was held in Chinese Taipei

  • Jakarta, Indonesia

    In 2001, 10th ARCE was held in Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Christchurch, New Zealand

    In 2003, 11th ARCE was held in Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Beijing, P.R. of China

    In 2005, 12th APRCE (Asia Pacific Retailers Convention and Exhibition)
    was held in Beijing, P.R. of China

  • Tokyo, Japan

    In 2007, 13th APRCE was held in Tokyo, Japan

  • Seoul, South Korea

    In 2009, 14th APRCE was held in Seoul, South Korea

  • Singapore

    In 2011, 15th APRCE was held in Singapore

  • Istanbul, Turkey

    In 2013, 16th APRCE was held in Istanbul, Turkey

Federation of Asia Pacific Retailers Associations

The Federation of Asia-Pacific Retailers Associations (FAPRA) was founded in 1989. It has implemented its activities and developed itself with the aim of discussing issues shared in the region, promote information exchange and friendship, thereby contributing to the development of commerce, the improvement of retailers' status and the improvement of citizens' lives in the region.

FAPRA Members

as of 2014

Australian Retailers Association

Mr. Roger Gillespie, President

Joint Managing Director, Bakers Delight

Association of Vietnam Retailers

Dr. Loan Dinh Thi My, Chairwoman

China General Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Zhigang Zhang, Chairman

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Indutry

Mr. Habil Khorakiwala, President

FIJI Retailers Association

Mr. Himmat Lodhia, President

CEO, Lords Jewellers Limited

Hong Kong Retail Management Association

Ms. Caroline Mak, Chairlady

Regional Director, North Asia, The Dairy Farm Group

Indonesian Retail Merchants Association

Mr. Pudjianto, President

Vice President Director, Alfamart

Japan Retailers Association

Mr. Kiyoshi Hijikata, Chairman

Senior Adviser, Circle K Sunkus Co.

Korea Retailers Association

Mr. Won Joon Lee Chairman


Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Mr. Sambuu Demberel, Chairman

Malaysia Retailers Association

Tan Sri William Cheng, President

Group Executive Chairman & Parkson Corporation Sdn Bhd

RETAIL NZ - Retail New Zealand (Inc.)

Mr. Terry Cornelius, President

Executive Director, Smith and Caughey Ltd.

Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) Inc.

Mr. Lorenzo C. Formoso, President

COO, Duty Free Philippines

Retailers Association of Chinese Taipei

Ms. Sophia C. W. Huang, Chairperson

Chairman, Pacific Sogo Department Store

Singapore Retailers Association

Dato' Dr. Jannie Chan, President

Executive Vice Chairman, The Hour Glass Limited

Thai Retailers Association

Ms. Jariya Chirathivat, President

SVP International Business Development, Central Retail Corporation

Turkish Council of Shopping Centers & Retailers

Mr. Mehmet Nane, Chairman

CEO, CarrefourSa


The Philippine Retailers Association (PRA), this year's host, will be in the forefront of bringing APRCE here in the Philippines in 2015 at the SMX Convention Center. The PRA, the country's recognized national organization of retailers and suppliers to the industry last hosted this event in 1993, where it won the coveted Kalakbay Award for the event of the year.

The PRA counts among its members all the major players in the retail and suppliers sectors, including SM Shoemart, Robinsons, Ayala, Bench, Mercury Drug, Penshoppe, Shopwise, Rustan's, National Bookstore, Celine Group, as well as the country's top developers and technology companies, e.g. Megaworld, Araneta Center, IBM, HP, SAP, ACER, among others.

Today, PRA is a dynamic association with nearly 400 member companies covering the gamut of the distribution chain, from operators to traders/suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers, among others and representing over 60% of the local retail industry. Recognized as a paragon of a genuine partner in nation building, the PRA enjoys the distinction as

"The Pulse and Voice of the Philippine Retail Industry."

PRA Board of Directors


Mr. Henry Sy

PRA Honorary Chairman

Chairman of the Board, SM Retail Inc.

Mr. Samie Lim

PRA Chairman Emeritus

President, Automatic Centre

Mr. Lorenzo C. Formoso

PRA President

Chief Operating Officer, Duty Free Philippines

Mr. Frederick D. Go

PRA Chairman

President, Robinsons Recreation Corp.

Ms. Ma. Alegria S. Limjoco

PRA VC for Continuing Education & Staff Development

President, Central Books

Mr. Roberto S. Claudio

PRA Vice Chairman for International Relations

Chairman, Toby's Sports

Mr. Mars C. Chua

PRA Vice Chairman for Special Projects

President, Sportshouse

Mr. Jorge T. Mendiola

PRA Vice Chairman for Advocacy

President, The SM Store

Mr. Bernie H. Liu

PRA Vice Chairman

Chief Executive Officer, Golden ABC, Inc.

Ms. Vivian Que Azcona

PRA VP for Chapter Development

President/Gen. Manager, Mercury Drug Corp.

Atty. Paul A. Santos

PRA VP for External Affairs

President, Picture City

Mr. Chan Kok Bin

PRA VP for Internal Affairs

Chairman/CEO, Celine Mktg. Corp.

Mr. Vicente N. Munoz, Sr.

PRA VP for Ethical Standards

Chairman, The Body Shop

Ms. Rosemarie B. Ong

PRA VP for Research and Information

EVP-Chief Operating Officer, Wilcon Builder's Depot

Mr. Bienvenido V. Tantoco III

PRA Director

President, Rustan's Supercenters, Inc.

Mr. Arthur G. Coronel

PRA Director

Chief Executive Officer, Cinderella Mktg. Corp.

The SMX Convention Center is a 46,647-square meter facility ideal for international exhibitions, large-scale trade events, industry conventions, and corporate and social functions. The building, located in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, Philippines is one of the leading establishments of the Philippine MICE industry.

With 4 Exhibition Halls, 5 Function Rooms, and 14 Meeting Rooms, totalling 21,000 sqm of leasable space, the Venue may accommodate a wide array of events from a group as small as 10 to a delegation of 18,000.

SMX is envisioned to be the top-of-mind venue for all important events in the Philippines and in the Asia-Pacific Region, leading in terms of amenities, space, capacities, and service.