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The COVID-19 is bringing the globe and the Asia-Pacific irreversible changes in terms of our economy and social interactions, on which our regional order and agenda for cooperation is underpinned. Supply chains of strategic significance are about to be restructured, while people call for a more sustainable way to recover with new technologies that imply both opportunities and risks. New patterns of regional governance will definitely emerge as the changes evolve.

The 36th Pacific Economic Community Seminar entitled "Economic Transformation and Future of Work in the Asia-Pacific after the pandemic" organized by Chinese Taipei Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee (CTPECC) will be held in Taipei on 14 October 2021.

The objective of this seminar is to address the regional significance and challenges on economic transformation and the preparation of future work under the “prospect of regional governance in the post-pandemic era”.

Speakers and attendees from PECC member committees will enrich the discussion, which displays the value of collaboration with stakeholders in the region.

 

 

Program

 

The 36th Pacific Economic Community Seminar

Economic Transformation and the Future of Work
in the Asia-Pacific after the Pandemic


October 14th, 2021

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

Organizer: Chinese Taipei Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee (CTPECC)

 

 

 09.15-09.50    Registration

 09.50-09.55    Welcome Remarks

  • Harry Ho-jen Tseng, Vice Chairman of CTPECC

 09.55-10.15   Keynote Speech: Thailand’s Vision of 2022 as the Host Economy of APEC

  • Sunh Arunrugstichai, Acting Executive Director, Thailand Trade and Economic Office

 10.15-10.45    Group Photo/Coffee Break

 10.45 - 12.10   Session 1: Prospect of Regional Governance in the Post-pandemic Era

The COVID-19 is bringing the globe and the Asia-Pacific irreversible changes in terms of our economy and social interactions, on which our regional order and agenda for cooperation is underpinned. Supply chains of strategic significance are about to be restructured, while people call for a more sustainable way to recover with new technologies that imply both opportunities and risks. New patterns of regional governance will definitely emerge as the changes evolve. Though recovery in every aspect is ongoing unevenly among different economies and industrial sectors and uncertainty is still felt, it comes a time when governmental and business leaders think about how regional governance can be reshaped in the Post-Pandemic era. This session is to explore the prospect of regional governance and how it can emerge from the changes happening now.

Session Chair:

  • Harry Ho-jen Tseng, Vice Chairman of CTPECC

 

Speakers:

  • Jusuf Wanandi, Emeritus Chair, Indonesian National Committee for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (INCPEC)

  • Narongchai Akrasanee, Chair, Thailand National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (TNCPEC)

  • Donald Campbell, Chair, Canadian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC)


Q&A

12.10-13.30    Lunch

13.30 - 14.55   Session 2: Public-private Partnerships as a Means to Optimize Economic Transformation after the Pandemic: Perspectives of the Business Communities

Economic transformation which comprises a central part of the new pattern of regional governance and cooperation can never be realized without the proactive participation of business communities. For both PECC and APEC, properly organized public-private partnerships (PPP) have been seen as a perfect means to achieve their goals where the combination of respective niches of the public and private sectors is needed. In the post-pandemic era, how can our pursuit of sustainable growth be assisted with, rather than hampered by, the profit-making motivation of the business communities? How disruptive technologies can benefit the development of contactless economy as new regulations help minimize the possible risks to the society? How can green finance and fintech re-innovate our financial sector as no systemic interruption be brought to the functioning of our substance economy? This session will look at the potentials for the formation of successful PPP to address these issues.

Session chair:

  • (TBC)


Speakers:

  • Steve Bertamini, President and Chief Executive Officer of China Development Financial

  • Steven Parker, CEO at Cottingham (International) Ltd
    .
  • Chin Tang Wang, President of MediCrowd SmartHealth Co., Ltd.


Q&A


14.55-15.15   Coffee Break

15:15-16:40   Session 3: Inclusive Growth: Our Workforce to Meet the Future Demand

It’s expected that newly innovated regional governance and economic transformation in the post-pandemic area should make the Asia-Pacific more inclusive than ever as no one left behind. To achieve this end, it is always crucial to prepare our labor force for the future of work, which can be revolutionary far beyond our imagination as digital technologies is drastically changing the feature of our workplace. With the diversified levels of economic development and social structure in the Asia-Pacific, the readiness of labor force to meet the future demand is facing different challenges. And economies are coping with the situation by adopting strategies full of local characteristics. This session is designed to share success stories and lessons learned in three economies, by presenting case studies regarding what the real issues are and how successful the coping strategies can be. The discussion here should enhance further understanding of the issues and the development of better strategy in the region.


Session chair:

  • Chen Ho, Research Fellow, Department of International Affairs, TIER


Speakers:

  • Stephen Ezell, Vice President of Global Innovation Policy, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

  • (TBC)

  • Nai Hao Cheng, Director of International Cooperation, International Division, III, Institute for Information Industry


Q&A


16.40-17.00    Closing Remarks

  • Chien-Yi Chang, Chairman, CTPECC & President, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)

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