Singapore APEC Study Centre Events
"APEC Economic Trends and Priorities: Innovate for a Better Future with Sustainable Growth", 16 Apr 2014
In this seminar, representatives of the Policy Support Unit - the research and analysis arm of APEC - will present the latest APEC Economic Trends Analysis report as well as APEC priorities and the work agenda for 2014. Some key considerations include how APEC could explore new areas of growth, promote regional connectivity, and support the multilateral trading system.
The discussion will have a special focus on innovation as a pathway for APEC to achieve sustainable growth and bridge gaps in employment and living standards. The Global Financial Crisis has left APEC with a twin challenge of decelerating labor productivity and employment growth. Economic turnaround is a pre-requisite for a revival in employment and productivity but that in and of itself may not be sufficient. The dual task of sustainably raising productivity while at the same time ensuring robust job creation depend critically on an ability to attain higher production efficiency through more innovation.
The full program is available at this link.
Seminar on "Developments in the TPP and Possible Outcomes", 19 September 2013
The seminar on Developments in the TPP and Possible Outcomes was delivered by D/r. Deborah K. Elms, Head of Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade and Negotiations and Senior Fellow of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies on 19 September, 2013 at ISEAS.
“Sustainable Growth in a Challenging Landscape”, 16 May 2013
The Centre held a seminar on Sustainable Growth in a Challenging Landscape on 16 May 2013. A panel of three specialists: Dr Ravi Balakrishnan (IMF Resident Representative, Singapore); Ms Quynh Le (Analyst, APEC Policy Support Unit); and Mr Eduardo Pedrosa (Secretary-General, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council) discussed factors affecting global and regional growth in the year ahead.
The speakers also addressed what proactive measures policy makers and businesses could take to secure inclusive and balanced sustainable growth in the year ahead for economies in Asia and the Pacific?
Click here for Ms Quynh Le's presentation slides.
Click here for Mr Pedrosa's presentation slides.
Building APEC and ASEAN Connectivity: Areas of Mutual Interest and Prospects of Cooperation", 3 April 2013
The symposium on Building APEC and ASEAN Connectivity: Areas of Mutual Interest and Prospects of Cooperation was held at ISEAS on 3 April 2013. Please click on the following links for more information on the discussions that took place at the Symposium:
SESSION I: SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECTIVITY - GENESIS AND CONCEPT
- Supply Chain Connectivity: Genesis and Concept - Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University, Japan
- Production Networks and Regional Connectivity in ASEAN - Aekapol Chongvilaivan, Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
SESSION II: APEC AND ASEAN CONNECTIVITY
- APEC Supply-Chain Connectivity Action Plan - Akhmad Bayhaqi, Senior Analyst, Policy Support Unit, Asia Pacific Economic Secretariat (APEC), Singapore
- Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity: From Planning to Implementation - Sanchita Basu Das, Fellow and Coordinator, Singapore APEC Study Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
SESSION III: PANEL DISCUSSION ON 'RESOURCE MOBILISATION FOR ENHANCHING CONNECTIVITY IN ASEAN AND APEC REGIONALISM PROCESS'
- ASEAN Connectivity: Financing Challenge - S Pushpanathan, Managing Director, EAS Strategic Advice Pte Ltd, Singapore; and Former Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN
- Resource Mobilisation for Building Connectivity: ASEAN and APEC Region - Ganeshan Wignaraja, Director of Research, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan
SESSION IV: PANEL DISCUSSION ON 'PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR BUILDING CONNECTIVITY'
- Indonesia’s PPP in Building Connectivity - Freddy Saragih, Head, Centre for Fiscal Risk Management, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia
- Public Private Partnership for Building Connectivity - Paul Finn, Global Head, Project & Infrastrucuture Finance, International & Institutional Banking, Australia and New Zealand Bank Group (ANZ), Singapore
SESSION V: PANEL DISCUSSION ON 'APEC AND ASEAN CONNECTIVITY: AREAS OF MUTUAL INTEREST AND PROSPECTS OF COOPERATION'
- Areas of Potential APEC-ASEAN Cooperation - Denis Hew, Director, Policy Support Unit, Asia Pacific Economic Secretariat (APEC), Singapore
- APEC and ASEAN Connectivity: Areas of Mutual Interest and Prospects of Cooperation - Eduardo Pedrosa, Secretary General, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), Singapore
- Connectivity: APEC and ASEAN - Andrew Elek, Research Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
- APEC and ASEAN: The Strategic Use of University Alliances - Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General, Association of Pacific Rim Universities, Singapore
“Next Step in Asia-Pacific Regionalism”, 18 September 2012
On September 18, 2012, the Centre held a seminar on the Next Step in Asia-Pacific Regionalism. The discussions focused on two areas: (1) the annual State of the Region report by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC); and (2) key discusssions that took place during the APEC 2012 Leaders' Week (2-9 September) in Vladivostok, Russia. Taking part were knowledgeable personalities — Mr Eduardo Pedrosa, Secretary General of PECC, Singapore; Mr Wong Chow Ming, Director-General of International Economics at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore; and Dr Denis Hew, Director of the Policy Support Unit, APEC Secretariat, Singapore.
Click here for the seminar summary report.
Click on the respective speakers' names (above) for their presentation slides.
“APEC at 20: The End of Innocence”, 27 April 2009
APEC turns 20 at a time of great convulsion in the world economy. Will this unique experiment in trans-Pacific intergovernmental cooperation survive the shift in global economic and political weight towards Asia? According to the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council’s 2008 State of the Region survey, 75 percent of opinion leaders in the region cited “lack of commitment” by member economies to be an important challenge for APEC. How will APEC come to terms with the Bogor target of “free and open trade” for developed economies by 2010, and what will be its raison d’etre in the years to come? What are the challenges for trans-Pacific institution building and economic cooperation in the years ahead? These were some of the key issues that Mr. Woo Yuen Pau, President of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and Chair of Canada PECC highlighted and discussed at this seminar.
Click here for Mr Woo Yuen Pau's presentation slides.
“APEC: Relevant or Passé”, 16 March 2009
Following the Asian financial crisis of 1997, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was criticised as being little more than a talkfest that failed to act to help its member economies directly affected by the crisis. In the midst of the current global financial crisis and economic slowdown, can APEC make a meaningful contribution to the recovery of the Asia-Pacific region? Ambassador Michael Tay, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore, shared his thoughts and led the discussion on this issue in a public seminar hosted by the Singapore APEC Study Centre last 16 March 2009 in ISEAS.
Click here for the seminar summary report.