The Future of the Automotive Sector in Selected APEC Economies: Case of Indonesia and Vietnam


About the Webinar

Despite problems of overcapacity and low profitability, the automotive sector retains its strong influence due to its contribution to GDP, tax revenues, employment, and linkages with numerous other sectors such as steel and plastics. It is a sector that is both capital as well as knowledge-intensive and which can also generate skilled employment. The sector at the same time is undergoing tremendous changes in terms of technology, consumer demand with increasing customization, as well as sustainability concerns. Innovations in technology and market shifts are changing the automotive industry to deliver the most advanced, safest and most comfortable vehicles out there. Towards 2030, the automotive sector will be grounded on disruptive technology-driven trends such as diverse mobility, autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity. How will these changes affect the auto sector in APEC economies? This webinar aims to examine the impact of these changes on the auto sector in selected APEC economies, namely Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

About the Speakers

Moekti Prasetiani Soejachmoen is Chief Economist of PT Danareksa (Persero) and Head of Danareksa Research Institute. With over 20 years of experience in finance, international trade, micro and macroeconomics and development economics at academia as well as development level, she began her career as a researcher in 1993 and joined PT Danareksa Persero in April 2019. Prior to that, she was Head of Mandiri Institute and works with the National Team for Poverty Alleviation under the Vice President Office and several international institutions. To date, Dr Soejachmoen has conducted comparative studies published on a range of topics including free trade, economic partnership agreements in ASEAN countries, and global production networks. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics from the Australian National University in 2012. She holds master’s degree in Economics from University of California Davis (1998) and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Indonesia (1992).

Martin Schröder is Associate Professor at the Department of Automotive Science, Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the Research Institute of Automobile and Parts Industries, Waseda University, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in International Studies from Waseda University. His research covers: (a) regional economic integration in ASEAN, especially its effects on automotive production networks and Vietnam; (b) strategy of  automotive suppliers towards developing countries; and recently (c) digitalisation in the automotive industry. He has collaborated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), Viet Nam, to support automobile industry policy formulation.


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Nov 17 2020


10:30 am - 12:00 pm