The idea for the forum was first proposed by the New Zealand Companies Office in 1999.
The Ministry of Economic Development and the Companies Office hosted the inaugural Asia Pacific Corporate Registers Forum (APCRF) in Auckland, New Zealand on 26-28 February 2003.
Delegates from Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Samoa, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom & Vanuatu attended.
The inaugural Forum was extremely successful, with all delegates agreeing that the event should be held on an annual basis. Discussions held during the event proved that there is much to be gained from shared experience and it is hoped that the working relationships and plans formed in Auckland will be maintained in years to come.
A second Forum was held in Melbourne, Australia on 8-11 March 2005. At that event the members voted to change the name to the Corporate Registers Forum and adopted the constitution.
The charter members attending the Forum in Melbourne were Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Pakistan, Samoa, Singapore, United Kingdom and Vanuatu.