2017年8月22日

November 24 - 25, 2016

Date November 24 - 25, 2016
Venue Pullman Hanoi, Vietnam
Co-hosted Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM)

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Program
Asia-Pacific Forum 2016
Advancing trade and investment liberalization in the Asia-Pacific

The Asia Pacific region boasts high dynamism in terms of regional economic integration. A range of free trade agreements have been negotiated, concluded and implemented at plurilateral, regional or bilateral basis. Most notable attempts so far have been the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Despite differences and potentially competing nature, still, these agreements arguably represent intermediate steps towards wider integration in the Asia Pacific region. Once achieved, Asia-Pacific-wide trade and investment liberalization will bring about more economic opportunities and benefits for economies in the region.
With the above viewpoints, recent difficulties with the TPP ratification and RCEP negotiation can hardly deny the fundamental importance of economic integration in the Asia Pacific. Instead, such difficulties call for deepening efforts to build consensus and boldly address remaining obstacles to regional economic integration. The Asia Pacific Forum in Hanoi will contribute to the policy discussion regarding how to speed up liberalization of trade and investment in the region.

Welcome and Opening RemarksDr. NGUYEN Dinh Cung, President, CIEM
Speech
Mr. Kazumasa KUSAKA, Chairman and CEO, JEF
Speech

Session 1: Roadmap for Asia Pacific economic integration: issues for considerationKey discussion points* What do you think about the global economic outlook against the background of surging protectionism and inward looking nationalism such as Brexit?
* What do you think would be Asia's responsibility for achieving global economic growth?
* What is the current state of major FTAs in the Asia Pacific? Is there significant room for new (even more comprehensive) FTAs?
* New justifications for pro-development nature of new-generation FTAs?
* Prospect of currently pending FTAs (such as TPP, RCEP)
* What are the key factors for effectively harmonizing current FTAs into a more effective integration roadmap for Asia Pacific?

ModeratorMr. Naoyuki HARAOKA, Executive Managing Director, JEF

SpeakersDr. VO Tri Thanh, Senior Researcher, CIEM, Vietnam
Presentation
Ambassador Murray McLEAN AO, Chairman, Dunmore McLean Pty Ltd., Australia
Talking Point
Professor ZHANG Yunling, Professor, Academy Member and Director of International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
Presentation
Professor Yukiko FUKAGAWA, Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan
Presentation
Professor Gary HAWKE, Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Presentation

Session 2: New issues of regional trade and investment liberalizationKey discussion points* Connectivity enhancement: framework, steps, and contemporary challenges
* Participation in GVCs (global value chain): any risks from the web of FTAs in Asia Pacific
* Phasing out TBT (technical barriers to trade) and SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary measures): room for meaningful progress
* Dispute settlement in FTAs: too formalistic, or too asymmetrically restrictive?

ModeratorProfessor Josef T. YAP, Professorial Lecturer, University of the Philippines School of Economics

SpeakersDr. Lurong CHEN, Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
Presentation
Dr. AHN Choong-Yong, Chairman, Korea Commission for Corporate Partnership (KCCP)
Talking Point
Datuk P. RAVIDRAN Palaniappan, Senior Director, ASEAN Economic Cooperation Division, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of Malaysia
Presentation
Professor Simon SC TAY, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
Talking Point
Dr. Chedtha INTARAVITAK, Research Fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI)
Presentation

Session 3: Linking trade with domestic policy reforms: building consensus for coherent move toward economic growthKey discussion points* What are the required domestic reforms for effective participation in new-generation FTAs in the Asia Pacific to achieve growth strategy?
* Improvement of business environment to leverage the benefits from integration
* Building consensus: from talks to actions
* Measures to establish and/or improve G2B and B2B linkages

ModeratorDr. VO Tri Thanh, Senior Researcher, CIEM, Vietnam

SpeakersDr. Sachin CHATURVEDI, Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India
Presentation
Dr. Yose Rizal DAMURI, Head of the Department of Economics, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia
Presentation
U SOE Wing, Executive Director, Renaissance Institute, Myanmar
Presentation
Professor Josef T. YAP, Professorial Lecturer, University of the Philippines School of Economics
Presentation
Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN, Chair and CEO, Out-of-the-Box Consultancy, Taiwan
Presentation

Closing RemarksDr. NGUYEN Dinh Cung, President, CIEM
Mr. Kazumasa KUSAKA, Chairman and CEO, JEF

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Date Thursday, November 26, 2015
Venue Fairmont Jakarta Hotel, Ballroom 1, Ground Floor
Jalan Asia Afrika No.8, Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan, Jakarta Pusat 10270, Indonesia
Sponsors Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

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TopicsAsia-Pacific Forum 2015
"ASEAN Community Building and Regional Economic Integration in East Asia: Looking Beyond 2015"

13:30-13:45 Welcome Remarks by ERIA, JEF and CSISMr. Izuru Kobayashi, COO (Chief Operating Officer), ERIA
Mr. Kazumasa Kusaka, Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation
Dr. Yose Rizal Damuri, Head, Department of Economics, CSIS, Jakarta

13:45-14;00 Keynote Address: The Future of East Asia Integration: East Asia Summit and ASEAN Community Beyond 2015H. E. Mr. Rizal Affandi Lukman, Deputy Minister of International Economic Cooperation at the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs

14:00-14:05 Photo Session

14:05-15:20 Panel Session 1: A Decade of East Asia Summit and Economic RegionalismHow can we pursue our growth strategy and achieve structural reform?

ModeratorMr. Naoyuki Haraoka, Executive Managing Director, Japan Economic Foundation

PanelistsAmb. Murray McLean AO, Chair, Australia-Japan Foundation, Australia
Presentation
Dr. Zhenyu Wang, Director of China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, China
Presentation
Dr. Choong-Yong Ahn, Chairman, Korea Commission for Corporate Partnership, Korea
Presentation
Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, India
Presentation

Prof. Simon S C Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Singapore
Mr. Daiki Kasugahara, President Director, Jakarta Office, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan

15:20-15:35 Coffee Break

15:35-16:50 Panel Session 2: ASEAN Economic Community as Driver of Regional Integration in East Asia: Challenges and OpportunitiesModeratorDr. Ponciano S. Intal, Jr, Senior Economist, ERIA

PanelistsDr. Vo Tri Thanh, Vice President, Central Institute for Economic Management, Vietnam
Presentation
Dr. Somkiat Tangkitvanich, President, Thailand Development Research Institute, Thailand
Presentation
Dr. Josef T Yap, Professorial Lecturer, School of Economics, University of the Philippines
Presentation
Mr Poltak Hotradero, Head of Research Division, Indonesia Stock Exchange, Indonesia
Presentation
Dr. Cho Cho Thein, Professor, Department of Applied Economics, Yangon University of Economics, Myanmar
Presentation

16:50-17:05 Coffee Break

17:05-18:20 Panel Session 3: Regional Economic IntegrationCan the New Economic Institutions like RCEP, TPP and AIIB Deepen the East Asian Economic Integration?

ModeratorDr. Yose Rizal Damuri, Head, Department of Economics, CSIS, Jakarta

PanellistsDr. Mignonne Man-Jung Chan, Founder & CEO, Out of the Box Consultancy, Chinese Taipei
Presentation
Dr. Shankaran Nambiar, Senior Research Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research, Malaysia
Presentation
Prof. Shujiro Urata, Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Japan
Presentation
Prof. Gary Hawke, Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Presentation
Dr. Shiro Armstrong, Co-Director, Australia Japan Research Center, Australian National University, Australia
Presentation

18:20-18:30 Closing Remarks by ERIAMs. Anita Prakash, Director General for Policy Relations, ERIA

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Date Monday, November 24, 2014
Asia-Pacific Forum 2014Asia-Pacific Forum 2014
Venue The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
(1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178)
Sponsors Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

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TopicsAsia-Pacific Forum 2014
"Sharing Prosperity and Responsibility for Mega-Regionals"

14:15-14:25 Welcome RemarksProf. Simon TAY, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
Mr. Kazumasa KUSAKA, Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Welcome remarks

14:25-14:45 Opening KeynoteCan Asia share prosperity and responsibility in mega regionals?

Mr. LEE Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and National Development, Singapore
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14:45-16:00 Panel Session 1: Nationalism and regional integration: can Asians balance?PanellistsDr. Choong Yong AHN, Chairman, Korean Commission for Corporate Partnership
Mr. Tadayuki NAGASHIMA, Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Presentation
Dr. VO Tri Thanh, Vice President, Central Institute for Economic Management of Vietnam
Dr. Josef T. YAP, Professorial Lecturer, University of the Philippines School of Economics
Presentation

ModeratorMr. Naoyuki Haraoka, Executive Managing Director, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)

16:20-17:35 Panel Session 2: Getting trade done right: TPP, RCEP and beyondPanellistsProf. Shujiro URATA, Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Japan
Presentation
Dr. Chulsu KIM, Chairman, Institute for Trade & Investment
Mr. Jayasiri JAYASENA, Senior Director of Strategy and Monitoring, Ministry of Internatinal Trade and Industry, Malaysia
Dr. Denis HEW, Director of Policy Support Unit, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

ModeratorProf. Simon TAY, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

17:35-17:45 Closing RemarksProf. Simon TAY, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
Mr. Kazumasa KUSAKA, Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)

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2016. NOVEMBER 2015. NOVEMBER 2014. NOVEMBER 2013. NOVEMBER 2013. FEBRUARY 2011. OCTOBER 2010. OCTOBER 2009. SEPTEMBER 2008. OCTOBER 2007. NOVEMBER 2006. NOVEMBER 2005. OCTOBER 2005. FEBRUARY 2004. JANUARY 2003. MARCH

4.Participants(Monday, November 24, 2014)

Australia

Dr. Andrew ELEK Research Associate, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

ERIA

Ms. Anita PRAKASH Director, Policy Relations, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
Japan
Mr. Naoyuki HARAOKA Executive Managing Director, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Mr. Kazumasa KUSAKA Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Mr. Tadayuki NAGASHIMA Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Prof. Shujiro URATA Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Korea

Dr. Choong-Yong AHN Chairman, Korean Commission for Corporate Partnership
Dr. Chulsu KIM Chairman, Institute for Trade and Investment (ITI)

Malaysia

Mr. Jayasiri JAYASENA Senior Director of Strategy and Monitoring, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia

Myanmar

Ms. Phoo Pwint PHYU Research Associate, Myanmar Development Resource Institute - Centre for Economic and Social Development (MDRI-CESD)

New Zealand

Prof. Gary HAWKE Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington

Philippines

Dr. Thomas AQUINO Senior Fellow, Center for Research and Communication, University of Asia and the Pacific
Dr. Josef T. YAP Professorial Lecturer, University of the Philippines School of Economics

Singapore

Mr. Nicholas FANG Executive Director, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
Dr. Denis HEW Director, Policy Support Unit, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat
Dr. Pushpanathan SUNDRAM Senior Research Fellow for SIIA; Managing Director of EAS Strategic Advice - Asia; Former Deputy Secretary General of Asean for Asean economic community
Prof. Simon SC TAY Chairman, Singapore Institue of International Affairs (SIIA)

Taiwan

Dr. Man-Jung Mignonne CHAN Founder and CEO, Out-of-the-Box Consultancy
Vietnam
Dr. Thanh Tri VO Vice President, Central Institute for Economic Management

2017年8月21日

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Date Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Asia-Pacific Forum 2013Asia-Pacific Forum 2013
Venue Molonglo Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy
Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, The Australian National University
Sponsors Japan Economic Foundation(JEF)
Jiji Press Bldg. 11F, 5-15-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
TEL: +81(3)5565-4824
URL: http://www.jef.or.jp
Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Building 132, Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
URL: http://www.crawford.anu.edu.au

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TopicsINTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
"ASIA'S ECONOMIC CHALLENGES AND POLICY CHOICES"

Program

KEYNOTE ADDRESSDr. David Gruen
Executive Director, Macroeconomic Group, Australian Treasury

SESSION 1: REGIONAL TRADE CHOICESChairProfessor Peter Drysdale
The Australian National University

PanelistsProfessor Shujiro Urata
Waseda University, Japan
Dr. Andrew Elek
The Australian National University
Dr. Thomas G Aquino
University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines
Dr. Biswajit Dhar
Research and Information System for Developing Countries, India

SESSION 2: ASIA AND THE GLOBAL TRADING SYSTEMChairMr. Naoyuki Haraoka
Japan Economic Foundation, Japan

PanelistsDr. Hank Lim
Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Singapore
Dr. Djisman Simandjuntak
Prasetiya Mulya Business School, CSIS Foundation, Indonesia
Professor Gary Hawke
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Mr. Tadayuki Nagashima
Japan External Trade Organization, Japan
Dr. Mignonne Man-Jung Chan
National Chengchi University, Taiwan

SESSION 3: ASIAN GROWTH- PROSPECTS AND RISKSChairDr. Shiro Armstrong
The Australian National University

PanelistsProfessor Kazumasa Kusaka
Japan Economic Foundation, Japan
Professor Yunling Zhang
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Ms. Anita Prakash
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, Indonesia
Dr. Chulsu Kim
Institute of Trade and Investment, Korea

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4.Participants(Wednesday, November 6, 2013)

AUSTRALIA

Dr. Shiro ARMSTRONG Research Fellow, Director, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research; Editor, East Asia Forum; Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Professor Peter DRYSDALE Emeritus Professor, Head, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and East Asia Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Dr. Andrew ELEK Research Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific; Inaugural Chairman, APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
Dr. David Gruen Executive Director, Macroeconomic Group, Australian Treasury

CHINA

Professor ZHANG Yunling Academy Member, Director of International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

ERIA

Ms. Anita PRAKASH Director, Policy Relations, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

INDIA

Dr. Biswajit DHAR Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, India (RIS)

INDONESIA

Professor DJISMAN Simandjuntak Professor of Business Economics, Prasetiya Mulya Business School; Chairman of Board of Directors, Centre for Strategic and International Studies Foundation (CSIS)

JAPAN

Professor Kazumasa KUSAKA Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF); Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Professor Shujiro URATA Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Mr. Naoyuki HARAOKA Executive Managing Director, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Mr. Tadayuki NAGASHIMA Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Ambassador Shinichi SAITO Executive Director for International Affairs, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)

KOREA

Dr. Chulsu KIM Chairman, Institute for Trade and Investment (ITI), Lee International; Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea

NEW ZEALAND

Professor Gary HAWKE Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington; Senior Fellow, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER)

PHILIPPINES

Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO Senior Fellow, Center for Research and Communications, University of Asia and the Pacific; Former Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines

SINGAPORE

Dr. Hank LIM Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

TAIWAN

Dr. Mignonne Man-Jung CHAN Adjunct Associate Professor, National Chengchi University

OBSERVER

Dr. Hideyuki MIURA Assistant Professor of International Political Economy, Department of Policy Studies, Kyorin University, Tokyo
Mr. Manabu SAITO Research Planning Division, Overseas Research Department, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

February 4-5, 2013

Date February 4-5, 2013
Venue Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Headquarters
Ark Mori Building, 5F (Exhibition Hall)
12-32, Akasaka 1-chome, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-6006
JAPAN
URL: http://www.jetro.go.jp/
Sponsors Japan Economic Foundation(JEF)
Jiji Press Bldg. 11F, 5-15-8 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Japan
TEL: +81(3)5565-4824
FAX: +81(3)5565-4828
URL: http://www.jef.or.jp
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Ark Mori Building, 6F
12-32, Akasaka 1-chome, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-6006
JAPAN
URL: http://www.jetro.go.jp/

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Topics"FTAs as a Growth Strategy for Asia"

Program

Keynote Address byMr. Nobuhiko SASAKI, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan
Recent Topics on Japan's Trade Policy

Session 1: Status of Bilateral and Regional FTAs in the Asia-Pacific Regiona. Overview: Taking stock of the state of recent FTAs in the Asia-Pacific region

b. Focused discussions
i. Assessment of regional FTAs such as the TPP, RCEP, and China-Japan-South Korea FTA
ii. Assessment of FTAs linking the Asia-Pacific region with outside entities, particularly the EU (Japan-EU, South Korea-EU, U.S.-EU, etc.)

ModeratorDr. Andrew ELEK, Research Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and The inaugural chairman of APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
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Presenters- Prof. Hidetoshi NISHIMURA, Executive Director, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
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- Prof. DJISMAN Simandjuntak, Professor of Business Economics, Prasetiya Mulya Business School and Chairman, Board of Directors, CSIS Foundation
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- Mr. Kazumasa KUSAKA, Corporate Adviser, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan)
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- Mr. Jayasena JAYASIRI, Senior Director, Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia
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- Prof. Gary HAWKE, Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
Bilateral & Regional FTAs
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Session 2: Changes in the Political and Economic Environment Which Affect FTAs in Asiaa. Overview: Analysis and assessment of factors influencing FTAs and other free trade systems

b. Focused discussions
i. Impact of the EU currency crisis on the economy of the Asia-Pacific region
ii. How to evaluate the impact of recessionary fears on the global economy and on the economy of the Asia-Pacific region
iii. How to evaluate the impact of recent changes in the international political situation involving Japan, China, and South Korea on trade and the economy

ModeratorProf. Simon SC TAY, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

Presenters- Prof. YAO Yang Dean, National School of Development (NSD) and Professor, Director, China Center for Economic Research (CCER), Peking University
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- Mr. Hiroyuki ISHIGE, Chairman and CEO, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan)
Global Supply Chains and Region-wide FTAs

- Prof. Shujiro URATA, C Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
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- Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO Senior Fellow, Center for Research and Communications, University of Asia and the Pacific (Former Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines)
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Session 3: Future Prospects for FTAs in the Asia-Pacific Regiona. Overview: Prospects for trade liberalization in the Asia-Pacific region (TPP, RCEP, China-Japan-South Korea FTA, FTAAP, etc.)

b. Focused discussions (key issues to influence future prospects)
i. Development of FTAs to assure the stable supply of resources (how to deal with export restrictions) As import liberalization proceeds apace, export restrictions remain in force, giving rise to fears that this key area of regulation will be left behind in the liberalization process.
ii. How to redefine the concept of national borders in trade reform International dumping and domestic dumping should be ideally treated in the same manner.
iii. Fairness in terms of opportunities to participate in FTAs such as the RCEP in the Asia-Pacific Region Will inequality in terms of opportunities act as a negative factor for regional revitalization?

ModeratorMr. Noboru HATAKEYAMA, Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI (METI as of now)) of Japan)

Presenters- Prof. ZHANG Yunling, Academy Member, Director of International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
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- Dr. Chulsu KIM, Chairman, Institute for Trade & Investment (ITI), Lee International (Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea)
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- Amb. Mark SINCLAIR, The New Zealand Ambassador to Japan
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- Dr. Hank LIM, Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
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- Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN, Executive Board Member, Association of the Emerging Market Studies (AEMS) and Visiting Professor, International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS), National Chengchi University
Future Prospect of FTAs for the Asia-Pacific Region

- Mr. Kurt TONG, Deputy Chief of Mission, The Embassy of the United States

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Chairman's SpeechOpening Remarks by Mr. Hatakeyama (February 4, 2013@JEF-JETRO International Symposium)

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen. Mr. Nobuhiko SASAKI, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, speakers present from other countries, Ladies and gentlemen. I would like to welcome you all for participating in the forum. This forum, when I became Chairman of Japan Economic Foundation in 2003, was first held in Singapore as a place to promote FTA discussions in the Asia-Pacific region. Later, this forum has been held taking in turns in different countries and region. This year, we celebrate its 11th forum, now being held in Tokyo jointly with JETRO. In holding this forum, we had cooperation from METI, JETRO and other related organizations. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for each and every one of these organizations.

Looking at the global economy last year, in Europe, financial crisis caused a lot of uncertainties to the future of global economy. The European financial crisis, as a result of successive measures taken by EU authority, in particular, with the establishment of ESM, European Stability Mechanism in October last year, aimed at strengthening support to the Euro zone, led to the stabilization of the situation. But still the bipolarization between north and south of EU has not yet been resolved. So, the future of the situation in EU is still worth attention.

In the U.S., towards the end of the year, the "fiscal cliff" was a focus of the attention in the world. From the end of the year to the beginning of this year, thanks to the efforts of President Obama and the both parties, "falling from the cliff" was avoided for a while. It was avoided by the two months-extension of budget sequester. However, since this is a provisional "emergency measure", the world is watching what measures will be taken in February which is the end of this extension.

Although the BRICs countries are expected to pull the global economy in the future, Brazilian economy is stagnant and Chinese economy growth is also slowing down. So, what measures would be taken against that is another point of notice.
In case of Japan, as you know, with the establishment of Abe administration, the 2% of inflation target was introduced to overcome deflation. Based on that, "the tree arrows policy" that is fiscal policy, financial policy and growth strategy, will be put in place to vitalize the economy. Market is positively responding to this policy. The prices of stocks are going up and in the foreign exchange market, yen rate is now converting to a more appropriate level. I am also greatly looking forward to this policy.

Now, I want to touch upon Japanese trade which is strongly affected by foreign exchange rate.
Looking at trade balance, Japan recorded a deficit of 2.6 trillion yen, and that of last year was a deficit of 6.9 trillion yen. Weakening of yen is good news for exports from Japan, but, at the same time, it will push up the import value reflecting increased cost of fossil fuel etc.

Under that situation, question is whether it is possible to further expand exports. I believe that active promotion of FTAs with other countries is necessary. Currently, there are more than 220 FTAs enacted in the world. As of the end of November last year, Japan had 13 FTAs with twelve countries and one region. In addition, negotiations are going on with six countries including Australia and Canada. And also, there was an official announcement to start governmental negotiations of Japan-EU and China-Japan-Korea FTAs.
But, when we look at the FTA coverage ratio among total export, it is still 19% in Japan. Compared to the extremely high ratio of Mexico (92%) and of Chile (90%), the ratio of Japan is extremely low. It is even lower compared to 45% of United States and 37% of Korea. Korea is now negotiating FTA with China. When this FTA is realized, I believe the ratio of Korea will further go up.

Currently, we are seeing a slow-down of the global economic growth. Every country is very active in promoting FTA to vitalize their economy. Based on this situation, we would like to have a concentrated discussion on the future of FTAs in the Asia-Pacific region with authorities of FTAs and those actually in charge of negotiations of FTAs from eleven countries and one international organization.

At the 2010 APEC, there was an agreement that TPP, which is now a focus of our attention, and ASEAN + 6 then which is now called "RCEP" should aim at a comprehensive free trade agreement at APEC ultimately. However, when we look at the countries or regions composing the membership, Taiwan is a member of APEC but it is not covered by RCEP. India is under RCEP but is not a member of APEC. So I hope we could have more discussions on this membership issue, too.

I hope the meeting of today will be informative to you in conducting your future businesses.

Thank you very much for your kind attention.

2016. NOVEMBER 2015. NOVEMBER 2014. NOVEMBER 2013. NOVEMBER 2013. FEBRUARY 2011. OCTOBER 2010. OCTOBER 2009. SEPTEMBER 2008. OCTOBER 2007. NOVEMBER 2006. NOVEMBER 2005. OCTOBER 2005. FEBRUARY 2004. JANUARY 2003. MARCH

4.Participants(February 4-5, 2013)

AUSTRALIA

Dr. Andrew ELEK Research Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and The inaugural chairman of APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)

CHINA

Prof. YAO Yang Dean, National School of Development (NSD) and Professor, Director, China Center for Economic Research (CCER), Peking University
Prof. ZHANG Yunling Director, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

ERIA

Prof. Hidetoshi NISHIMURA Executive Director, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

INDONESIA

Prof. DJISMAN Simandjuntak Professor of Business Economics, Prasetiya Mulya Business School and Chairman, Board of Directors, CSIS Foundation

JAPAN

Mr. Nobuhiko SASAKI Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan
Mr. Noboru HATAKEYAMA Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Industry of Japan)
Mr. Naoyuki HARAOKA Executive Managing Director, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Mr. Hiroyuki ISHIGE Chairman and CEO, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan)
Mr. Kazumasa KUSAKA Corporate Adviser, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan)
Amb. Shinichi SAITO Executive Director, International Affairs, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Prof. Shujiro URATA Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

KOREA

Dr. Chulsu KIM Chairman, Institute for Trade & Investment (ITI), Lee International (Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea)

MALAYSIA

Mr. Jayasena JAYASIRI Senior Director, Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia

NEW ZEALAND

Prof. Gary HAWKE Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
Amb. Mark SINCLAIR The New Zealand Ambassador to Japan

PHILIPPINES

Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO Senior Fellow, Center for Research and Communications University of Asia and the Pacific (Former Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines)

SINGAPORE

Dr. Hank LIM Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
Prof. Simon SC TAY Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

TAIWAN

Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN Executive Board Member, Association of the Emerging Market Studies (AEMS) and Visiting Professor, International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS), National Chengchi University

THE UNITED STATES

Mr. Kurt TONG Deputy Chief of Mission, The Embassy of the United States

October 12-13, 2011

Date October 12-13, 2011
Venue W Taipei
10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District
Taipei, 110 Taiwan
TEL: +886-2-7703-8888
FAX: +886-2-7703-8899
URL: http://www.wtaipei.com
Sponsors Japan Economic Foundation(JEF)
Jiji Press Bldg. 11F, 5-15-8 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Japan
TEL: +81(3)5565-4824
FAX: +81(3)5565-4828
URL: http://www.jef.or.jp
Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
7F, No.16-8, Dehuei Street
Jhongshan District, Taipei 10461
Taiwan
TEL: +886-2-2586-5000
FAX: +886-2-2586-8855
URL: http://english.tier.org.tw/

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Topics"Seeking the optimum future shape for regional economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region"

Program

Session 1 : Role of regional integration in ensuring stable supply of resources (energy, minerals, food, etc.), parts and industrial materials- How can regional integration contribute to ensuring stable supply of resources, including the issue to recover the parts supply chain disrupted by the Great East Japan Earthquake?

Presenters-Dr. Biswajit DHAR, Director-General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
Trade Integration and Growth of Regional Value Chains

-Prof. Shujiro URATA, Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Role of Regional Integration in Ensuring Stable Supply of Parts and Industrial Materials

-Prof. Gary HAWKE, Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
Seeking a new balance in the regional integration of the Asia-Pacific region (paper)
Seeking a new balance in the regional integration of the Asia-Pacific region

-Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO, Senior Fellow, Center for Research and Communications, University of Asia and the Pacific (Former Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines)
Presentation(paper)
Presentation

-Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN, Executive Director, Chinese Taipei APEC Study Center, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECTIVITY & DISASTERS RESILIENCE ROLE OF REGIONAL INTEGRATION

Session 2: Impact of new FTAs and possible FTAs on the ASEAN economic integration and other Asian FTAs- Impact of ECFA, Korea-EU FTA, TPP, etc. on the other Asian FTAs

Part1: Current status and Significance, Reactions of the Asian countries

Presenters-Mr. J. Jayasiri, Senior Director, Economic and Trade Relations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia
JEF-TIER International Symposium

-Dr. Chulsu KIM, Chairman, Institute for Trade & Investment (ITI), Lee International (Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea)
New Opportunities for Advancing Regional Economic Integration in East Asia

-Prof. Simon SC TAY Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

Part2: Impact and Prospect

Presenters-Dr. Andrew ELEK, Visiting Professor, Australian National University
Thinking outside the negotiating square

-Prof. ZHANG Yunling, Director, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Moving toward a Greater Market Integration

-Mr. Noboru HATAKEYAMA, Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan)
Intervention in session 2

-Dr. Hank LIM, Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
IMPACT OF NEW FTAs AND POSSIBLE FTAs ON THE ASEAN ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND OTHER ASIAN FTAs
IMPACT OF NEW FTAs AND POSSIBLE FTAs ON THE ASEAN ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND OTHER ASIAN FTAs(Word)

-Dr. Ping-Kun CHIANG, Chairman, Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)
A New Era in Cross-Strait Relations

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Chairman's SpeechOpening Remarks by Mr. Hatakeyama (October 12, 2011@JEF-TIER International Symposium)

Your Excellency Vice President Siew, Honorable Economic Vice Minister Liang, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. As a host of the 10th International Symposium, I would like to heartily welcome all of you here.

I have long looked forward to hosting this symposium in Taiwan. It is a great pleasure for me to have the chance on this momentous 10th occasion on the following day of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Xinhai Revolution. In organizing this symposium, we received full support from the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research and other related organizations. I would like to extend my deep gratitude to everyone in the authorities who made this possible, in particular to Dr. Hong and Dr. Chan, President and Executive Director of TIER for your kind support.

In addition, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to the people of Taiwan and the Taiwanese government for your support given to Japan in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11. As you are aware, this calamity with an unprecedented 9.0 magnitude brought unparalleled devastation: So far, around 20,000 people have been found dead or remain missing and property damage caused by the disaster has reached 17 trillion yen .

As of October 5th, Japan received tremendous physical, material and financial support from 163 countries, regions and organizations throughout the world. In particular, Taiwan has provided us a significant amount of material and financial support, including the rescue team immediately dispatched on March 14. This is one of the largest aids amassed for the disaster relief along with America's "Operation Tomodachi" or the "Operation Friends". I would like to reiterate my gratitude to everyone in Taiwan.

Looking at the current world economy, my personal view is that this recession has been continuing since the crisis due to sub-prime loan back in 2007. Apparent economic recoveries in many countries of the world, including Japan, may be just thanks to stimulus packages implemented by them and if the effects of these packages expire, then recoveries may also expire.

Therefore many governments in the world had better continue to stimulate their economies. There are two ways for governments to do so. The first one is to pour money into economies and the second one is to deregulate economies without using money.

Let me start from the first one to use money. This is what many governments have done thus far to cope with this crisis. As the result of this policy, however, many governments in the world have increasingly become poor. Therefore many of them cannot afford to spend fiscal money any longer. Only what they can do in this respect is to rely on their central banks to relax money supply which many countries in this region are doing.

The second way is to deregulate economic activities, trying to rely upon private economies. There are some remaining regulations inheriting just the past vested interests even in the developed economies. If those regulations are lifted, economic activities will increase. For example, even today, it is said Japanese society is not ready to accept robotics in its laws and ordinances. If they are lifted, then the demands for robots will increase tremendously, thereby raising the productivity in aging society. I think it would be difficult to implement deregulation alone. But if it is conducted in the context of FTA it will be a lot easier.

The first meeting of this symposium was held in Singapore in 2003, - Since then, each member country took its turn hosting the event under cooperation with domestic think-tanks and universities in the cities of Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Jakarta, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, New Deli and Wellington. As I mentioned earlier, this symposium in Taipei marks the 10th such occasion.

During those eight years, there have been or will be several major developments in terms of FTAs in Asia.

The first is the integration of ASEAN, due to take place in 2015. People around the world are watching developments carefully to see whether integration will be achieved in 2015 as scheduled.

The second major step forward was the start of joint governmental studies at senior official level concerning rules of origin, tariff classifications, custom procedures and economic cooperation within the EAFTA and the CEPEA. As part of these studies, working groups have been established for each FTA.

Third was the summit agreement reached last May to conclude a feasibility study on an FTA between China, Japan and South Korea by the end of this year.

The fourth major step is the TPP, being negotiated last week in Hawaii by nine countries, including the United States and several ASEAN countries.

Fifth is the ECFA, an FTA between China and Taiwan.

And sixth is the major change in the policy of South Korea toward FTAs.

I believe the best way to cope with this long recession without using money is to make use of these FTAs or regional integrations as much as possible

The main theme this time is "Seeking a new balance in Asia-Pacific the regional integration of Asia-Pacific region." In concrete terms, we would like to discuss two topics with participant specialists from major countries in the Asia-Pacific region:

1) The role which regional integrations play in securing energy, mineral and foodstuff resources, as well as industrial parts and materials.
2) The impact, both positive and negative, which newly or soon-to-be concluded FTAs including the ECFA (or China-Taiwan FTA), South Korea-EU FTA and TPP may bring on the existing FTAs in the Asian region.

Through exchange of views on this occasion, I truly hope that all participants go on to share with the world what we have learned here.

Thank you for your attention.

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4.Participants(October 12-13, 2011)

AUSTRALIA

Dr. Andrew ELEK Visiting Professor, Australian National University

CHINA

Prof. ZHANG Yunling Director, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

INDIA

Dr. Biswajit DHAR Director-General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

JAPAN

Mr. Noboru HATAKEYAMA Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) / (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan)
Mr. Naoyuki HARAOKA Executive Managing Director, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Amb. Shinichi SAITO Executive Director, International Affairs, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Prof. Shujiro URATA Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

KOREA

Dr. Chulsu KIM Chairman, Institute for Trade & Investment (ITI), Lee International (Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea)

MALAYSIA

Mr. J. Jayasiri Senior Director, Economic and Trade Relations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia

NEW ZEALAND

Prof. Gary HAWKE Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington

PHILIPPINES

Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO Senior Fellow, Center for Research and Communications University of Asia and the Pacific (Former Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines)

SINGAPORE

Dr. Hank LIM Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
Prof. Simon SC TAY Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

TAIWAN

H.E. Mr. Vincent SIEW Vice President
Dr. Ping-Kun CHIANG Chairman, Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)
Mr. Francis Kuo-Hsin LIANG Vice Minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs
Dr. David S. HONG President, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN Executive Director, Chinese Taipei APEC Study Center, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
Dr. Samuel S.G. WU Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, Taipei University
Ms. Jen-ni YANG Deputy Chief Representative, Office of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA)

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October 11-12, 2010

Date October 11-12, 2010
Venue InterContinental Wellington
2 Grey Street
Wellington 6011, New Zealand
TEL: +64(4)472-2722
FAX: +64(4)472-4724
URL: http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/wellington
Sponsors Japan Economic Foundation(JEF)
Jiji Press Bldg. 11F, 5-15-8 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Japan
TEL: +81(3)5565-4824
FAX: +81(3)5565-4828
URL: http://www.jef.or.jp
New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA)
c/- Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600, Wellington 6140
New Zealand
TEL: +64(4)463-5356
FAX: +64(4)463-5437
URL: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/nziia

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Topics"Seeking the optimum future shape for regional economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region"

Program

Session 1: The contribution of FTAsPresenters-Mr. J. Jayasiri, Senior Director, Economic and Trade Relations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia

-Prof. Robert SCOLLAY, Associate Professor and Director of the APEC Study Centre, The University of Auckland
The Contribution of FTAs to Regional Economic Integration

-Prof. DJISMAN Simandjuntak, Executive Director, Prasetiya Mulya Business School, and Chairman, Board of Directors, CSIS Foundation
S EAST ASIA INTEGRATION AND COOPERATION

-Mr. Makoto SHIOTA, Deputy Director-General, for International Regional Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan
FTA in Asia-Pacific Region

Discussant-Dr. Sangkyom KIM, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Trade and Investment Policy, and Executive Director, Korean National Center for APEC Studies, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)

-Prof. Shujiro URATA, Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Session 2: The post-financial and economic crisis and FTAs - How is the international system coping in the post-economic crisis period; next step?Presenters-Prof. QIN Yaqing, Professor and Executive Vice president, China Foreign Affairs University
Rebalancing Growth

-Prof. Simon SC TAY, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

-Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN, Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of the Americas, Tamkang University
Post-Financial Crisis & Asia's Roles

-Prof. Gary HAWKE, Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
G.Hawke The post-financial and economic crisis and FTAs
G.Hawke The post-financial and economic crisis and FTAs(PPT)

Discussants-Mr. Tony NOWELL, Member, APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) New Zealand
Agenda for free trade as a growth driver and response

-Dr. Hank LIM, Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
Outline of Presentation
The Post Financial and Economic Crisis and FTAs

-Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO, Senior Fellow, Center for Research and Communications, University of Asia and the Pacific (Former Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines)

-Mr. Hidetoshi NISHIMURA, Executive Director, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Session 3: What could be the optimum future shape for regional economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region?Presenters-Mr. Noboru HATAKEYAMA, Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Japan)
What Is the Optimum Shape of Future Regional Economic Integration

-Dr. Sangkyom KIM, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Trade and Investment Policy, and Executive Director, Korean National Center for APEC Studies, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
Regional Economic Integration in Asia-Pacific

-H.E.Amb. ONG Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, and Director, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)
Can ASEAN Fulfill Its Potential
FUTURE OF ECONOMIC INTEGRATION IN ASIA-PACIFIC

-Prof. Shujiro URATA, Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Discussants-Prof. QIN Yaqing, Professor and Executive Vice president, China Foreign Affairs University

-Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN, Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of the Americas, Tamkang University

-Mr. J. Jayasiri, Senior Director, Economic and Trade Relations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia

-Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO, Senior Fellow, Center for Research and Communications, University of Asia and the Pacific (Former Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines)

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Chairman's SpeechOpening Speech by Mr. Hatakeyama (October 11, 2010@JEF-NZIIA International Symposium)

The honorable Tim Groser, Minister of Trade, the honorable Russell Marshall, President of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen:
It is my great honor and privilege to welcome all of you to this International Symposium co-hosted by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and my organization, the Japan Economic Foundation.

In March 2003, JEF organized the first international symposium in Singapore jointly with SIIA (Singapore Institute of International Affairs), focusing on a region-wide FTA in East Asia. Since then JEF has held the symposium in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Jakarta, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Delhi with the cooperation of a think tank or local university from each country. This meeting in New Zealand therefore marks the ninth time the symposium has been held.

There are three phenomena in particular that deserve our attention in terms of efforts to promote FTAs in the region.

The first is that the recovery from the economic crisis since 2007 has not been as strong as anticipated. To get out of the crisis, many countries have implemented economic stimulus packages using governmental spending. Thanks to these packages, the world economy has just about managed to escape a hard landing so far. But these packages were designed to last only a certain period of time. Once their effects wear off, the world economy will decline again. In other words, the global economy has not yet recovered self-sustaining power. Therefore, the world economy needs to be given more stimulus packages. However, using government budgets for this purpose is impossible in many countries because of deteriorated fiscal situations. In these countries, therefore, deregulation, rather than government spending, is necessary to stimulate the economy. However, it will be extremely difficult for these countries to undertake unilateral deregulation to bring about deregulation. Therefore it has become necessary for mutual deregulation to be realized in the negotiations of the WTO. However, it has become obvious that the WTO Doha Development Round Negotiations will not be concluded this year. Accordingly, FTAs will have to play the mutual deregulation role instead.

The second phenomenon is the fact that in the past few years ago the government of South Korea has been very keen to pursue FTAs not only with Asian countries but also with countries in other areas. As you know well, the government of South Korea signed an FTA with the US and initialed with the EU. This new attitude of South Korea toward FTAs has stimulated competition from many countries in the area in terms of seeking FTAs.

The third phenomenon is the signing of an Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) between China and Taiwan last June. A cross-strait ECFA will serve not only to strengthen the economic relationship between China and Taiwan, but should also significantly reduce obstacles to the signing of an FTA with Taiwan's other trade partners that have wanted to have an FTA but have refrained from doing so out of consideration for China. In this sense, the signing of the ECFA between China and Taiwan is highly significant for the rest of the world, particularly for countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Partly reflecting these three phenomena, there are at least five big regional FTA movements in the region at present. These are the EAFTA, CEPEA, FTAAP, TPP and CJKFTA. I will talk about these movements in greater detail in my presentation in Session 3 this afternoon.

Considering these circumstances, I hope that this symposium will discuss the issues I have just mentioned, including "How should we seek the future shape of regional economic integration in the Asia-Pacific Area?"

On this note, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Honorable Russell Marshall of NZIIA, all the distinguished speakers and the panelists and to all the participants who have made this symposium a reality. In particular, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Honorable Tim Groser, New Zealand's Minister of Trade, for delivering the keynote speech immediately after my remarks. I am sincerely grateful to him for accepting our invitation despite his busy schedule.

Finally, I would also like to thank all the staff of NZIIA who have contributed greatly to making this symposium happen. I wish all of you an interesting and fruitful discussion.

Before ending my opening remarks, however, I would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Dr. Hadi Soesastro. Among many other things, Dr. Soesastro was an extensive contributor who devoted himself to JEF's International Symposium for many years as a regional leader of Asia-Pacific regional economic integration, beginning with its first event in Singapore in 2003. We deeply regret the loss of a great man of common sense.

I would now like to declare the symposium formally open.

Thank you very much.

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4.Participants(October 11-12, 2010)

CHINA

Prof. QIN Yaqing Professor and Executive Vice president, China Foreign Affairs University

ERIA

Mr. Hidetoshi NISHIMURA Executive Director, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

INDONESIA

Dr. DJISMAN Simandjuntak Executive Director, Prasetiya Mulya Business School / Chairman, Board of Directors, CSIS Foundation

JAPAN

Mr. Takeshi FUJIMOTO Executive Director, JETRO Singapore / Regional Representative (East Asia), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan
Mr. Naoyuki HARAOKA Executive Managing Director, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Mr. Noboru HATAKEYAMA Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) / (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Industry of Japan)
Mr. Masaru INOUE Director, International Affairs, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Mr. Makoto SHIOTA Deputy Director-General, for International Regional Policy Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan
Prof. Shujiro URATA Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
KOREA
Dr. Sangkyom KIM Senior Research Fellow, Department of Trade and Investment Policy / Executive Director, Korean National Center for APEC Studies, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)

MALAYSIA

Mr. J. Jayasiri Senior Director, Economic and Trade Relations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia
NEW ZEALAND
Hon. Tim GROSER Minister of Trade
Prof. Gary HAWKE Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
Mr. Brian LYNCH Director, New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA)
Hon. Russell MARSHALL President, New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA)
Mr. Tony NOWELL Member, APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) NewZealand
Prof. Robert SCOLLAY Associate Professor and Director of the APEC Study Centre, The University of Auckland

PHILIPPINES

Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO Senior Fellow, Center for Research and Communications University of Asia and the Pacific (Former Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines)

SINGAPORE

Dr. Hank LIM Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
H.E.Amb. ONG Keng Yong Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore / Director, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)
Prof. Simon SC TAY Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

TAIWAN

Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of the Americas, Tamkang University

September 24-25, 2009

Date September 24-25, 2009
Venue The Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi
1, Mansingh Road
New Delhi - 110 011
India
TEL: (91-11) 2302 6162
FAX: (91-11) 2302 6070
Sponsors Japan Economic Foundation(JEF)
Jiji Press Bldg. 11F, 5-15-8 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Japan
TEL: (81-3) 5565-4824
FAX: (81-3) 5565-4828
URL: http://www.jef.or.jp
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
Fourth Floor, Core IV-B,
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
New Delhi - 110 003
India
TEL: (91-11) 2468 2177 /78 /79 /80
FAX: (91-11) 2468 2173 /74
URL: http://www.ris.org.in/

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Topics"Under economic crises, how should Asia promote further economic integration?"

Program

Session 1:" The financial and economic crisis and FTAs ? How can intra-regional export growth through FTAs help tackle the crisis?Presenters-Dr. DJISMAN Simandjuntak, Executive Director, Prasetiya Mulya Business School / Chairman, Board of Directors, CSIS Foundation
East Asian oasis of stability: Geographical re-balancing of trade
Transforming East Asia into an oasis of stability through deeper integration

-Mr. Noriyuki MITA, Director, Economic Partnership Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan
The Financial and Economic Crisis and FTAs

-Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO, Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines
The financial and economic crisis and FTAs: How can intra-regional export growth through FTAs help tackle the crisis?
The financial and economic crisis and FTAs: How can intra-regional export growth through FTAs help tackle the crisis? (Word)

Discussant-Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN, Senior Advisor, National Security Council
The Financial & Economic Crisis and FTAs: How can intra-regional export growth through FTAs help tackle the crisis?

Session 2: Asian FTAs in progress ? An introduction to EAFTA, CEPEA, and TPPPresenters-Prof. ZHANG Yunling, Director, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
East Asia FTA: Feasibility Perspective

-Dr. Shujiro URATA, Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Asian FTAs under Study: EAFTA and CEPEA

-Prof. Gary HAWKE, Emeritus Professor, Victoria University
Asian FTAs in Progress - An introduction to EAFTA, CEPEA and TPP
Asian FTAs in Progress - An introduction to EAFTA, CEPEA and TPP (Word)

Discussant-Mr. Hidetoshi NISHIMURA, Executive Director, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
ERIA's Activities

Session 3: What would be the future shape for regional economic integration in East Asia?Presenters-Mr. P.K. DASH, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India
Future shape of regional economic integration in east Asia

-Dr. Chulsu KIM, Chairman, Institute for Trade & Investment (ITI), Lee International / (Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea)
The Next Step in East Asian Economic Integration

-Dr. Hank LIM, Director for Research, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
What would be the Future Shape for Regional Integration in East Asia?

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Chairman's SpeechOpening Speech by Mr. Hatakeyama (September 24, 2009 @JEF-RIS International Symposium

The Honorable Dr. Shashi THAROOR, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, Dr. Arjun SENGUPTA, Chairman of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Dr. Biswajit DHAR, Director-General of RIS, and Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:

It is my great honor and privilege to welcome all of you to the International Symposium, "Under economic crises, how should Asia promote further economic integration?"

In March 2003, the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) organized the first international symposium on an East Asian Free Trade Area in Singapore in cooperation with the SIIA (Singapore Institute of International Affairs). Since then, the JEF has held this symposium for 7 consecutive years in cities like Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Jakarta, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur. Each year, the symposium has been held in a different host city and co-organized with a different partner country. However the theme--East Asian economic integration--has remained the same. And now, for this, the 8th year, the JEF has chosen this historical place as the host city, and has asked the RIS to serve as co-organizer. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to RIS for accepting to co-organize. At the same time, the JEF and the RIS have invited experts on this subject from all over the region.

Today's symposium is particularly significant in several ways.

First, this year's symposium is our first meeting since the global financial and economic crisis hit last year. To recover from this crisis, every country is required to do two things; namely, expand domestic demand and expand external demand. For the expansion of domestic demand, the majority of countries in this region have been implementing economic stimulus packages. For the expansion of external demand, I had originally thought that it would be a good idea for us to establish an FTA in this region, with the goal of lowering trade and investment barriers of partner countries in particular.
However, the issue doesn't seem to be so clear cut. I asked my colleagues at the JEF to compare exports to member countries with exports to non-member countries. Discovery out of this comparison is rather surprising. We found out that during this economic crisis, exports from FTA member countries and a Community to non-member countries dropped less than exports to member countries. For example, Thai exports to non-ASEAN countries declined 22.6% year on year during the first half of this year as compared to a 33.5% decline in Thai exports to ASEAN countries. The same thing happened with Germany, France and the UK in the EU. Furthermore the exports from the US and Canada declined less to non-members of the NAFTA than those to members.
As I mentioned, I had expected that an FTA would help exports to its members to expand more, or shrink less than exports to non-members even in economic crisis. Actually, however, what has happened in most FTA member countries is just the other way round. Why did this happen? Although further study is required to clarify things completely, I suspect one of the reasons may be that China and India, two growing global economic centers, are outside of the AFTA, the EU and the NAFTA. Accordingly, exports to China and India are counted as exports to non-members of those regional integrations. Therefore, if we can include both of these countries in our regional integration, we will share the benefits of their economic growth.
Secondly, the current world economic crisis has proven that high value added export items such as automobiles and electronics, as compared with daily necessities, are not necessarily more immune from export market recession. For example, China's export dependence ratio to GDP is almost two and half times larger than Japan's. Despite this, damage to Japan's GDP through export channels seems to be more serious than China's. Why? One answer is differences in the export structure. China's major export items are daily necessities, but Japan's are not.
In essence, high value items have been more vulnerable to the sudden decline in export market demand than necessities. This result is drawn from a study of Japan's situation. ASEAN member nations include more high value items among their major exports than China does.
Therefore, the sudden shrinkage of the US market had a direct impact on ASEAN exports. If it is the case, how can ASEAN members avoid a similar situation in the future?

Thirdly, on the institutional front of East Asian economic integration, the first phase of studies on the EAFTA and the CEPEA were completed in summer of this year. These two independent studies, one for ASEAN+3 and the other for ASEAN+6 were conducted by experts. Now, both studies have entered the second phase, which will be conducted at a governmental level. Therefore, today's symposium is a good opportunity for all of us to give some suggestions regarding these studies. Such suggestions can be also extended to a study on an APEC member FTA.

I hope these three points as well as others will be discussed during today's symposium.

Lastly, I am grateful to all the panelists with many of them coming from overseas to be participating in the symposium. And my gratitude will also extend to audience as well as, once again, RIS. It is my hope that all of you are able to enjoy a very fruitful discussion.

Thank you very much.

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4.Participants(September 24-25, 2009)

CHINA

Prof. ZHANG Yunling Director, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (* Paper submission only *)

INDIA

Dr. Shashi THAROOR Honorable Minister of State for External Affairs, Govt. of India
Dr. Arjun SENGUPTA Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) / Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Ms. L. K. PONAPPA Vice Chairperson, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) / Deputy National Security Advisor
Mr. P.K. DASH, Joint Secretary Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India
Dr. Biswajit DHAR Director-General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
Dr. Ram Upendra DAS Senior Fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

INDONESIA

Dr. DJISMAN Simandjuntak Executive Director, Prasetiya Mulya Business School / Chairman, Board of Directors, CSIS Foundation

JAPAN

Mr. Noboru HATAKEYAMA Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) / (Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Industry of Japan)
Dr. Shujiro URATA Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Mr. Noriyuki MITA Director, Economic Partnership Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan
Mr. Naoyuki HARAOKA Executive Managing Director, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Mr. Takeshi FUJIMOTO Executive Director, JETRO Singapore / Regional Representative (East Asia), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan
KOREA
Dr. Chulsu KIM Chairman, Institute for Trade & Investment (ITI), Lee International / (Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea)

MALAYSIA

Mr. J. Jayasiri Senior Director, Economic and Trade Relations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia
NEW ZEALAND
Prof. Gary HAWKE Emeritus Professor, Victoria University

PHILIPPINES

Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines

SINGAPORE

H.E.Amb. ONG Keng Yong Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore / Director, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)
Dr. Hank LIM Director for Research, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
CHINESE-TAIPEI
Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN Senior Advisor, National Security Council

ERIA

Mr. Hidetoshi NISHIMURA Executive Director, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

October 30-31, 2008

Date October 30-31, 2008
Asia-Pacific Forum 2008Asia-Pacific Forum 2008
Venue Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
P.O. Box 10905
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
TEL: (603) 2380 8888
FAX: (603) 2380 8833
Co-hosted Japan Economic Foundation(JEF)
Jiji Press Bldg. 11F, 5-15-8 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
TEL: (81-3) 5565-4824
FAX: (81-3) 5565-4828
URL: http://www.jef.or.jp
Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
No. 1, Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin P O Box 12424
50778 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
TEL:(603) 2693 9366
FAX:(603) 2691 5435
URL:http://www.isis.org.my

Topics"EAFTA, CEPEA, FTAAP and beyond"

Session 1: Stocktaking of Bilateral and Regional FTAs in Asia-Pacific Region

Session 2: The Progress and Outlook of EAFTA, CEPEA, and FTAAP

Session 3: Issues Beyond FTAs in East Asia, Including Possibility of ASEM FTA and Global Warming

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Chairman's SpeechOpening remarks by Mr. Hatakeyama (October 30, 2008 @JEF-ISIS International Symposium

The Honorable Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, Tan Sri Mohamed Jawhar Hassan, Chairman and CEO, Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia, H.E. Mr. Masahiko Horie, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Dr. Mahani Zainal Abidin, Director General, ISIS Malaysia, Distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen:
It is my great honor and privilege to welcome all of you to the International Symposium, "EAFTA, CEPEA, FTAAP and beyond".

In March 2003, JEF organized the first international symposium on East Asian Free Trade Area in Singapore with the cooperation of SIIA (Singapore Institute of International Affairs). Since then JEF held this symposium in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Jakarta and Beijing respectively with the cooperation of a think tank or university of each country, focusing on the future prospects of an East Asian Economic Partnership. This year we have asked ISIS Malaysia to co-host this symposium and ISIS Malaysia kindly accepted this.

Since JEF started this symposium five and a half years ago, there have been noticeable changes taking place in East Asia in terms of regional economic integration. In particular, with the recent breakdown of Doha Development Round, the momentum towards regional or bi-lateral economic arrangements has been intensified.

As we all are aware, there are three proposals on the table for discussions on East Asian or Asia Pacific economic integrations;
1) East Asia Free Trade Area (EAFTA) proposed by China, consisting ASEAN +3
2) Comprehensive Economic Partnership in East Asia (CEPEA) proposed by Japan, consisting of ASEAN +6
3) Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) proposed by the United States.
What would be the relationship between the EAFTA, CEPEA and FTAAP?
I hope that at this symposium we will discuss this issue.

In addition to this, we would like to broaden our horizons toward a possible region to region economic integration.
Last year Korea started negotiations with the EU on possible Korea-EU FTA. If this will have been agreed and implemented, all Asian goods except Korean's will be discriminated in the EU market as compared to Korean goods unless ASEAN-EU FTA will have been completed. Of course even in this case, Japanese and Chinese goods are discriminated in the EU market as compared to Korean or ASEAN goods. To solve this issue, perhaps it is an interesting idea to explore a possibility to start a study for ASEM FTA. It will make a good balance with the study for APEC FTA I mentioned above.

Thirdly, as financial turmoil which started from the US has increasingly become globalized including Asia. If you recall the great depression back in 1929 and early 30's, the financial crisis led to blocked economies worldwide and the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act in the US. Therefore we have to be extremely careful so that this financial turmoil will not bring about trade and investment protectionism.
Last but not the least, it will be useful if we can discuss global warming issue whose new stage after the Kyoto Protocol will start from 2013. In the case of the Montreal Protocol which has been addressing Freon gas, import restriction has been introduced against non-participating countries in the Protocol. Should we consider to introduce trade measures against non-participating countries in the Post Kyoto Protocol? Or should we come up with the idea to solicit every country to participate?
I would like to introduce my personal, very provocative idea on this later at the 3rd session to stimulate our discussion.

On this note, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Tan Sri Mohamed Jawhar Hassan, and Dr. Mahani of ISIS Malaysia, all the distinguished speakers and the panelists and you, the participants for making this symposium realized. In particular, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to The Honorable Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia for delivering the keynote speech immediately after my remarks. I sincerely feel grateful that he accepted our invitation despite his hectic schedule.
Finally, I would also like to thank all staff of ISIS Malaysia, which has greatly contributed to this symposium. I wish all of you an interesting and fruitful discussion.
Thank you very much.

Now I would like to declare the symposium starts.

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4.Participants(October 30-31, 2008)

CHINA

Dr. CHAI Yu Professor and director of economic cooperation division, The institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

INDIA

Dr. Nagesh KUMAR Director-General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

INDONESIA

Dr. DJISMAN Simandjuntak Executive Director, Prasetiya Mulya Business School, and Chairman, Board of Directors, CSIS Foundation
Dr. HADI Soesastro Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS-Jakarta)

JAPAN

Mr. Noboru HATAKEYAMA Chairman and CEO, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF), (Former Vice-Minster for International Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Industry of Japan)
Mr. Naoyuki HARAOKA Executive Managing Director, Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
Dr. Motoshige ITOH Professor, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo
Mr. Atsuo KURODA Deputy Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI-Japan)
Mr. Yoshifumi MURASE Executive Director, JETRO Singapore, Regional Representative (East Asia) of METI Japan
Mr. Hiroshi TSUKAMOTO President, Institute for International Studies and Training Special Advisor, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI-Japan), Commissioner General of the Japanese Section Expo Shanghai 2010
Dr. Shujiro URATA Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

KOREA

Dr. Chulsu KIM Chairman, Institute for Trade & Investment (ITI), Lee International (Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea)

MALAYSIA

The Honourable Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Minister of International Trade and Industry
Tan Sri Mohamed JAWHAR Hassan Chairman and CEO, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS Malaysia)
Mr. J. Jayasiri Senior Director, Economic and Trade Relations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia
Dr. MAHANI Zainal Abidin Director General, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS Malaysia)

PHILIPPINES

Dr. Thomas G. AQUINO Senior Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Philippines

SINGAPORE

Dr. Hank LIM Director for Research, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
Prof. Simon SC TAY Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

TAIWAN

Dr. Mignonne Man-jung CHAN Senior Advisor, National Security Council

November 1-2, 2007

Date November 1-2, 2007
Asia-Pacific Forum 2007Asia-Pacific Forum 2007
Venue Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
26 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
Beijing, China
TEL: (8610) 6512-5555
FAX: (8610) 6513-0868
Co-hosted Japan Economic Foundation(JEF)
Jiji Press Bldg. 11F, 5-15-8 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 Japan
TEL: (81-3) 5565-4824
FAX: (81-3) 5565-4828
URL: http://www.jef.or.jp
Academic Division of International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (ADIS CASS)
3 Zhang Zizhong Rd., Beijing 100007 China
TEL: (86-10) 6406-3922
FAX: (86-10) 6406-3041

Topics"A New Age of Trade in Asia"

Session 1: The recent FTA movements in the East Asia region and future prospects towards an integral FTA in the region

Session 2: How should we deal with the different proposals towards an integral FTA in the East Asia region as a whole?

Session 3: The Korea-US FTA and its implications to East Asia and Europe

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Chairman's SpeechOpening remarks by Mr. Hatakeyama (November 1, 2007 @JEF-ADIS CASS International Symposium)

Prof. Zhang Yunling, Director of Academic Division of International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen:

It is my great honor and privilege to welcome all of you to the International Symposium, "A New Age of Trade in Asia", co-hosted by Academic Division of International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and my organization, Japan Economic Foundation.

In March 2003, JEF organized the first international symposium in Singapore jointly with SIIA (Singapore Institute of International Affairs), focusing on a region-wide FTA in East Asia. Since then JEF has held the symposium in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, and Jakarta respectively with the cooperation of a think tank or university of each country.

Since JEF started this symposium four and half years ago, there have been the following noticeable changes taking place in East Asia.

Firstly, the number of FTAs in this area, both bilateral and regional, increased remarkably including ASEAN-China FTA, ASEAN-Korea FTA. ASEAN-Japan FTA is to be signed this month in Singapore.

In March 2003 when we organized the symposium in Singapore for the first time, there were only 7 such FTAs. As of now there are more than 30 FTAs in which at least one East Asian country is involved. More FTAs are under negotiations.

Secondly, a feasibility study report on EAFTA was submitted in July last year under the chairmanship of Mr. Zhang Yunling, who is our counterpart this time. The core of this report was that an independent process to form an EAFTA consisting of ASEAN +3 could be launched in 2007.

Thirdly, Japan proposed to start feasibility study on Comprehensive Economic Partnership in East Asia (CEPEA), consisting of ASEAN +6, on which the leaders agreed to launch a Track Two study among East Asia Summit participants.

Fourthly, the US has expressed interests in integral economic arrangements in this region. At the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Hanoi in November last year, the idea of FTA AP was proposed with the strong initiative of the US. The leaders instructed their officials to undertake further studies on this idea as a long term prospect. In June this year, the US and Korea signed a free trade agreement. This KORUS FTA is expected to have significant implications for trade and investment in this region.

I hope that this symposium will discuss those issues I mentioned above, including "How should we deal with the different proposal towards an integral FTA in the East Asia region as a whole?".

On this note, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Prof. Zhang Yunling, all the distinguished speakers and the panelists and you, the participants for making this symposium realized.

Finally, I would also like to thank all staff of ADIS, CASS which has greatly contributed to this symposium. I wish all of you an interesting and fruitful discussion.

Thank you very much.

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4.Participants(November 1-2, 2007)

ASEAN

Dr. Termsak CHALERMPALANUPAP Special Assistant to the Secretary-General of ASEAN and Director for Research in the Office of the Secretary-General, The ASEAN Secretariat

AUSTRALIA

Mr. Allan GYNGELL Executive Director, The Lowy Institute for International Policy

CHINA

Prof. ZHANG Yunling Director, Academic Division of International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (ADIS CASS)

INDONESIA

Dr. Djisman SIMANDJUNTAK Executive Director, Prasetiya Mulya Business School and Chairman, Board of Directors, CSIS Foundation

JAPAN

Mr. Noboru HATAKEYAMA Chairman and CEO Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) (Former Vice-Minster for International Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Industry of Japan)
Mr. Shigehiro TANAKA Director, Economic Partnership Division, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI-Japan)
Mr. Hiroshi TSUKAMOTO President, Institute for International Studies and Training

KOREA

Dr. Chulsu KIM Chairman, Institute for Trade & Investment (ITI), Lee International (Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea)

MALAYSIA

Mr. J. Jayasiri Senior Director, Economic and Trade Relations, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia

SINGAPORE

Dr. Hank LIM Director for Research, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
Prof. Simon SC TAY Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)