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1. Call for Papers

A call for papers on Competition Law, Regulation and SMEs in APEC: Understanding the Small Business Perspective. For more information, visit this link.


2. Symposum: Regionalism in the Asia Pacific: Current and Future Developments

21 August 2014,

ISEAS Seminar Rooms I & II


About the Symposium

For the last two decades, Asia has been enjoying rapid economic growth and has successfully managed the effects of two major financial crises – 1997 and 2008. At the same time, the Asian economies, starting with ASEAN as a grouping, have been pursuing regional trade agreements (RTAs) with different political-economy motives. Despite such efforts, benefits from the RTAs have remained patchy and limited. The potential negative effects of RTAs due to the complexity and inconsistency of regulations and the “noodle bowl” effect arising from different rules of origin (ROOs) have caused some concern. 

As such, two mega-regionals – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – are striving to generalise the bilaterals and regionals into more coherent region-wide or cross-regional arrangements. At this juncture, the prognosis on these mega regional deals is unclear. The negotiations for both RCEP and TPP face complex challenges and are expected to encounter difficulties to conclude. While the TPP has missed its December 2013 deadline, after twenty rounds of negotiation, RCEP began its journey in May 2013, with the likelihood of completion by end-2015. In parallel, APEC has been pursuing its initiative of Free Trade Area of Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) among 21 economies, but not without severe challenges.  It is difficult to predict how fast or how extensively these agreements will liberalise trade and investment in the vast Asia-Pacific region and, in turn, lead to an FTAAP. 

Given the above scenario, the Singapore APEC Study Centre and the ASEAN Studies Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), will convene a Symposium on “Regionalism in the Asia Pacific: Current and Future Developments” on 21 August 2014 at ISEAS, Singapore.  

The objectives of the Symposium are: (a) to share insights on the latest RTA initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region, such as RCEP, TPP, CJK, TTIP, Pacific Alliance and APEC; (b) to gain perspectives from countries that may or may not have multiple membership; and (c) to examine the challenges and opportunities for merging these trade groupings in the future. 

The attendees will involve selected personalities from prestigious research institutes/think-tanks and international organizations. The one-day discussion on RTAs will be of special significance to policy makers and other stakeholders, who will benefit from the discussion of current developments, analysis and recommendations.

Admission to the Symposium can only be taken as confirmed upon receiving the written acceptance from ISEAS.

The programme is available at this link

Please indicate your interest by completing the Registration Form and email it to iseasevents3@iseas.edu.sg


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