2014-09-Beijing FTAAP seminarIn 2010, after three years of internal study and debate by officials and ministers, APEC leaders committed to taking 'concrete steps toward realization of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).' Furthermore, they stated that 'an FTAAP should be pursued as a comprehensive free trade agreement by developing and building on ongoing regional undertakings, such as ASEAN+3, ASEAN+6, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), among others.' China, as the host for APEC has chosen the goal of advancing regional economic integration as one of its major themes for 2014.

In conjunction with the 22nd General Meeting held in Beijing, PECC organized a high-level roundtable on the topic. The purpose of this workshop was to discuss the current literature on global value chains (GVCs) and regional trade agreements and how these might lead to shaping the future development of an FTAAP.

Keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Bayu Krishnamurti, Vice Minister of Trade of Indonesia. Mr. Chen Chao, the Director of APEC Division at the Ministry of Commerce of China briefed the participants of the ongoing APEC work on regional economic integration. Other speakers at the roundtable included: Dr. Patrick Low, Vice President of Research at Fung Global Institute; Dr. Shujiro Urata, Professor of Economics at Waseda University; Professor Lin Guijun, University of International Business and Economics, China; and Professor Inn Won Park, Korea University.

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PECC&JP Conference


Global Challenges and Regional Solutions:
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25 April, 2016

Discussion Forum

After the TPP: What’s Next for Canada in Asia?
Hugh Stephens, Vice-chair, CANCPEC

Can Asia transform international investment law?
Stephan W. Schill, Professor, University of Amsterdam

Inclusive Trade and Regional Integration in Asia-Pacific
John West, AUSPECC

APEC 2016: The Role and Influence of Latin America
Camilo Pérez-Restrepo, Professor in Asia-Pacific Studies; Deputy Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Studies Center at Universidad EAFIT, Colombia

Promoting Inclusiveness of Mega FTAs for Advancing Asia-Pacific Regional Economic Integration
Chien Fu-Lin, President, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research; Chair, CTPECC

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement as a Vehicle for Revitalizing the Japanese Economy and Rebuilding the World Trade Regime
Shujiro Urata, Faculty Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (REITI)