The Future of the Automotive Sector in Selected APEC Economies: Case of Japan, Thailand and Malaysia


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. Toward 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

Gregory Noble is Professor at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Japan. Professor Noble has published a number of research articles and books on comparative politics and comparative political economy in East Asia, East Asian regionalism, the politics and political economy of Taiwan (including relations with US, Japan and China), regulatory policy, and industrial policy as well as innovation policy. He is the editor of Social Science Japan Journal, Oxford University Press.

Patarapong Intarakumnerd is a full professor at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. His research interests include innovation systems in Thailand and newly-industrializing countries in Asia, industrial clusters, technological capabilities of latecomer firms, innovation financing, and roles of Research Technology Organizations and universities. He is an editor-in-chief of SSCI-indexed Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, and a member of international editorial boards of several international journals related to innovation management and policies. He has worked as an advisor/consultant for the World Bank, UNESCO, UNCTAD, OECD, JICA, Asian Productivity Organization (APO), German Development Institute, International Development Research Center of Canada, Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

Tham Siew Yean is Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore and Professor Emeritus, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She was formerly Director and Professor of International Trade at Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her research interests cover trade in goods and services as well as foreign direct investment (FDI), including BRI projects from China in Malaysia. She has served as a consultant with national agencies such as Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Malaysia, and international agencies such as World Bank, World Bank Institute, ERIA, Asian Development Bank and Asian Development Bank Institute. She has published extensively on trade-related issues in books and journals such as Journal of Contemporary Asia, Emerging Markets, Finance and Trade, Asian Economic Panel and Prague Economic Papers, besides co-editing several books published by international publishing houses. She has a PhD in Economics from University of Rochester, USA.


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Nov 10 2020


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm