Vance Hum
Vance Hum

MANILA — Vance Y. Hum, husband of FILAMCCO President Imelda Martin-Hum, was recently appointed by officials of the U.S. State Department as vice chair of a new sub-group for innovation of APEC’s (Asian Pacific Economic Coordinator) Private-Public Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) Working Group.

Hum’s appointment was approved by the U.S. State Department officials during a recent meeting on Boracay Island, Philippines. The appointment was endorsed by the APEC secretariat based in Singapore on July 3, 2015.

Hum’s new role will “take effect during the PPSTI meetings in Manila for a period of two years.”

APEC, which is headquartered in Singapore, is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promote free trade.

All the APEC’s meetings and activities in 2015 are being hosted by the Philippines. These will culminate in November 2015 with the holding of APEC Economics Leaders’ Meeting in Manila.

The meeting will see the signing of major trade agreements by top APEC leaders. This will be the second time the Philippines will be playing host to APEC’s leaders. The international community is watching the APEC events carefully as the expectation is for a shift to the Asian Pacific Region on economic and financial leadership.

Hum is president and CEO of I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG), a science and technology firm employing some 350 science and technology professionals who are engaged in world-wide environmental and climate-change services and consultation.

He also currently serves as a technical adviser to the U.S. government on science and technology for APEC trade-related matters.