2014 PECC-SINCPEC-CNCPEC Conference on

“New Piorities of Regional Economic Integration – Mandate for APEC”

Date: 10-11 February 2014, Monday and Tuesday
Venue: Orchard Hotel, Singapore

Synopsis:

The regional and global economies are undergoing a structural transformation, partially a response to the upheaval caused by the Global Financial Crisis but also due to rapidly evolving changes in regional economies. Policy-makers are experimenting with various instruments to manage these changes.

This conference aims to provide a venue for stakeholders from different parts of the region and different perspectives to share their views and expertise on different ways in which APEC can play a role in managing the change.

The conference consists of 4 sessions. The panels for each session will address the issue from a different set of perspectives.

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Conference Programme

 

Sunday,
9 February 2014
1830 – 2130 Welcome dinner for speakers, moderators, panellists and representatives of PECC economies
Monday,
10 February 2014
0830 – 0900 Registration of participants
0900 – 0930 Welcome Remarks:Dr Tan Khee Giap
Chairman, Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (SINCPEC)Mr Jusuf Wanandi
Co-Chairman, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)Ambassador Tang Guoqiang
Chairman, China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CNCPEC)
0930 – 1000 Day One Opening Speech byMr Lim Hng Kiang
Minister for Trade and Industry, SingaporeQ&A SessionModerator:Mr Jusuf Wanandi
Co-Chairman, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)
1000 – 1040 Coffee Break
1040 – 1115 Keynote Speech byMr La Yifan
Vice Chairman, APEC SOM & Under Secretary-General, National Organizing Committee for APEC 2014, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of ChinaQ&A SessionModerator:Dr Djisman Simandjuntak, Chairman, Indonesian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (INCPEC)
1115 – 1230 Session I: Strategic Assessment and Outlook for Asia Pacific Economy
The Asia Pacific economies are undergoing structural reforms for the purpose of achieving sustainable developement and improving people’s living standards. Based on the stocktaking of the experience in the past and an outlook of the direction of regional economic development for the next 5-10 years, we need to study:

  1. The different patterns of economic restructuring and the approaches of implementation
  2. How APEC can enchance economic policy coordination towards achieving the Bogor Goals, bearing in mind APEC’s interim milestones and commitments for implementation
  3. How to ensure that all economies gain from participating in structural economic adjustment and the global value chain

Moderator:

Mr Denis McNamara
Chairman, New Zealand Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZPECC)
Keynote Speech:

Mr Bert Hofman
Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific Region, The World Bank

Panel Discussion:

  • Dr Manfred Wilhelmy
    Chairman, Chilean National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CHILPEC) & Executive Director, Chile Pacific Foundation
  • Mr Yuen Pau Woo
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Mr Ong Ye Kung
    Director (Group Strategy & Development), Keppel Corporation
  • Dr George Manzano
    Member, Philippine Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee (PPECC) & Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University of Asia and the Pacific

Q&A Session

1230 – 1335 LunchGuest of Honour:

  • Professor Wang Gungwu
    Chairman, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Q&A Session

Moderator:

  • Dr Narongchai Akrasanee
    Chairman, Thailand National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (TNCPEC)
1430 – 1600 Session II: Regional Economic Integration and Multilateral Trading System
The number of regional and bilateral trade agreements in the Asia Pacific region has increased with the WTO DDA facing challenges. With the WTO as the core of multilateral trading system, the regional trading arrangements should reinforce each other, instead of excluding each other.

  1. What should be our roadmap and framework of Asia Pacific regional economic integration, taking various FTA proposals into consideration?
  2. How can APEC promote the synergy of various regional economic integration mechanisms existing in all APEC economies on both sides of the Pacific Ocean?
  3. How can APEC economies contribute to ensure that the WTO process remains current and relevant?

Moderator:

  • Dr Djisman Simandjuntak
    Chairman, Indonesian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (INCPEC)

Keynote Speech:

  • Mr La Yifan
    Vice Chairman, APEC SOM & Under Secretary-General, National Organizing Committee for APEC 2014, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China

Panel Discussion:

  • Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi
    Chairman, Brunei Darussalam National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (BDCPEC)
  • Professor Song Hong
    Assistant Director, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
  • Professor Naoyuki Yoshino
  • Professor of Economics, Keio University, Japan
  • Ambassador Mark Trainor
    Principal Advisor,Trade & Economic Group (TEG), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, New Zealand

Q&A Session

1545 – 1615 Coffee Break
1615 – 1730 Session III: Physical Connectivity
Of the three aspects of connectivity, physical connectivity is of fundamental significance to the promotion of regional integration. We shall pay attention to the urgent needs and the long-term roadmap of regional physical connectivity.

  1. What are the possible options for a roadmap of Asia Pacific physical connectivity?
  2. How can we make best use of Indonesia’s Connectivity Framework?
  3. What are the priorities for physical connectivity currently?
  4. How can the developed and developing economies both contribute to regional connectivity?
  5. How can APEC economies enchance connectivity across borders of vast distances, for example through improving our air, maritime and cyber connectivity?
  6. How to develop the proposed Asia Infrastructure Bank as an inclusive, cost effective and sustainable solution to the financing bottleneck?

Moderator:

  • Dr David Hong
    Chairman, Chinese Taipei Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee (CTPECC)

Keynote Speech:

  • Dr Mari Pangestu
    Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia

Panel Discussion:

  • Dr Biswa Bhattacharyay
    Former Advisor/Director, Asian Development Bank & Visiting Professor, University of International Business and Economics
  • Mr Steven Wong
    Deputy Chief Executive, ISIS Malaysia
  • Mr Hugh Stephens
    Vice Chairman, Canadian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC), Vice Chairman, Canadian National Committee for Pacific Economic
  • Mr Mark Rathbone
    Advisory Asia Pacific Capital Projects & Infrastructure Leader,PwC Singapore

Q&A Session

1800 – 1900 Welcome DinnerCocktail ReceptionGuest of Honour:

  • Mr Bilahari Kausikan
    Ambassador-at-Large & Policy Advisor-AAL, Singapore

Q&A Session

Moderator:

  • Dr Tan Khee Giap
    Chairman, Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (SINCPEC)
End of Conference Day One
Tuesday,
11 February 2014
0900 – 0930 Registration of participants
0930 – 0940 Welcome Remarks:

  • Ambassador Donald Campbell
    Co-Chairman, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)
0940 – 1010 Day Two Opening Speech

  • Professor Dr Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro
    Vice Minister for Finance, Indonesia

Q&A Session

Moderator:

  • Ambassador Donald Campbell
    Co-Chairman, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)
1010 – 1030 Coffee Break
1010 – 1145 Session IV: Financial Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific
Financial cooperation remains a weak link in regional economic cooperation. In the regional efforts to make structural adjustment for economic growth, an important role should be given to financial cooperation.

  1. What is the current status of financial cooperation in Asia Pacific?
  2. What measures should be taken by member economies to enchance the financial cooperation (monetary policy coordination, capital market, financial regulations, connectivity and currency swap)?

Moderator:

  • Professor Stephen Cheung
    Chairman, Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (HKCPEC)

Keynote Speech:

  • Professor Xiang Songzuo
    Chief Economist, Agricultural Bank of China

Panel Discussion:

  • Dr Yoichi Nemoto
    Director , ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO)
  • Dr In Huh
    Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea
  • Professor Ramkishen Sundara Rajan
    Professor of International Economic Policy, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
  • Mr Ian Buchanan
    Chairman, Australian Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee (AUSPECC)
    “Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank Working Paper by AUSPECC, CNCPEC & SINCPEC”

Q&A Session

1145 – 1205 Concluding Session: Next Steps
This session will draw together the discussions from the previous sessions to propose recommendations to be made by PECC to APEC and other officials.Concluding Remarks:

  • Ambassador Tang Guoqiang
    Chairman, China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CNCPEC)
1205 – 1400 Lunch
End of Conference

 

For enquiries

For more information, please contact Ms Yap Xin Yi at +65 6516 5025 or email: sppyxy@nus.edu.sg