Singapore APEC Study Centre Events
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 Dr. 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 at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on 19 September, 2013 at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).
Dr Elms provided a comprehensive picture on the TPP process and the current status of the negotiations. She pointed to the fact that there was a lot of confusion surrounding the TPP due to a lack of information on the agree-ment. With Japan’s participation since March 2013, the talks now involve 12 countries with diverse levels of eco-nomic development. They are: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Sin-gapore, U.S. and Vietnam. Negotiations commenced in March 2010. There have been 19 formal rounds so far. Negotiators have announced an ambitious but achievable deadline of end 2013.
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“Sustainable Growth in a Challenging Landscape”, 16 May 2013
The Singapore APEC Study Centre at ISEAS held a seminar on “Sustainable Growth in a Challenging Landscape” on 16 May 2013. We had a panel of three specialists to discuss factors that will affect global and regional growth in the year ahead. The speakers dealt with the positive underlying trends that were likely to favour moderate growth in 2013, as well as some of the risks that could undermine regional recovery. What are some of the likely global and regional economic scenarios emerging after a slow growth in 2012?
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?
Dr Ravi Balakrishnan, IMF Resident Representative, Singapore, spoke on the “IMF’s Latest View on the Global Outlook and Prospects and Challenges for Southeast Asia”. Ms Quynh Le, Analyst, Policy Support Unit, APEC Secretariat discussed about “Asia-Pacific Economic Trends: Navigating towards Sustainable Growth in a Changing Landscape” while Mr Eduardo Pedrosa, Secretary General, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council spoke on “Inclusive Balanced and Sustainable Growth in the Asia Pacific”.
"Symposium on Building APEC and ASEAN Connectivity: Areas of Mutual Interest and Prospects of Cooperation", 3 April 2013
The Singapore APEC Study Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) held a symposium on "Building APEC and ASEAN Connectivity: Areas of Mutual Interest and Prospects of Cooperation" on 3 April 2013. A summary of the symposium will be available here shortly. In the meantime, please click on the links below for the following:
- Welcome Remarks, Mr Tan Chin Tiong, Director ISEAS
- Keynote Address, Dr Allan Bollard, Executive Director, APEC Secretariat
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
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
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
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
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 Singapore APEC Study Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies held a seminar called “Next Step in Asia-Pacific Regionalism”. The seminar focused on two areas: the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)’s annual publication, “State of the Region” and the key discussions 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.
"Is Open Regionalism Economically Feasible? A Critical Appraisal of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP)" , 12 July 2011
On 12 July, the Singapore APEC Study Centre at ISEAS hosted the following seminar by Associate Professor Hikari Ishido, Visiting Researcher, ISEAS, and Head of the APEC Study Centre at Chiba University, Japan, on the topic.
“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.
“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."
News coverage of the event:
Role of APEC in Global Economic Crisis
“The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement and its Implications for Regional Economic Integration in the Asia-Pacific”, 14 October 2008
The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, also known as the P4, is a plurilateral free trade agreement between the countries of Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. P4 is the first plurilateral trade agreement with a trans-Pacific membership and it came into effect from 2006. One of its objectives is to contribute to Asia-Pacific wide regional economic integration, by serving as a model trade agreement for the region that could potentially attract new members. Dr Robert Scollay, Associate Professor and Director of APEC Study Centre, University of Auckland, discussed P4 and the latest developments, and their implications on trade in the region, including P4’s potential as a building block towards the establishment of free trade in the Asia-Pacific region.
Other APEC-related events
“Taiwan in the Era of New Regionalism: Implications and Prospects”, 17 June 2009
Taiwan - Southeast Asia Roundtable, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies organized a closed-door roundtable on Taiwan-Southeast Asia last 17 June 2009. The roundtable had two sessions, which focused on: (i) areas of economic cooperation between Taiwan and Southeast Asia, and (ii) the role of Taiwan in East Asian economic integration and APEC. One of the presenters in the second session was Dr Johnny Chi-chen Chiang, Director of Taiwan Institute of Economic Research’s Division of International Affairs, which also incorporates the Chinese Taipei APEC Study Center. Dr Chiang’s presentation looked at the evolving regionalism in the Asia-Pacific region, and its implications on Taiwan.