The basic goal of PPBA is to provide a forum for scholars, executives, and government officials from Pacific-Rim countries to discuss important issues relating to a better quality of life in this region. Emphasis has been placed on more effective utilization of human resources, technology, and multilateral economic activities across borders.

The primary focus of PPBA has been its annual international conference which usually attracts 500 participants from more than 30 countries. The conferences have been held in such locations as Hawaii, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, China, Malaysia, Canada, Thailand, New Zealand, Japan, Fiji, and Chile. PPBA publishes its annual conference papers in its Proceedings.