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Asia-Pacific Economic Integration Seminar in the US

October 2018

On October 12 and 16, JETRO held seminars under the theme of "Asia-Pacific Economic Integration" in Dallas, Texas, and, together with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, DC.

In his keynote speech, JETRO Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishige said he was concerned that, amidst an environment necessitating new rules in line with the growth of the digital economy seen even in Asia, the rule-making process appeared to be going forward without the US. Calling on the US to play a leading role in forming rules, he also emphasized the importance of an inclusive trade policy in order for SMEs and all workers to be able to enjoy the benefits of globalization. In addition, raising an alert over the serious effects of the US-China trade war, he mentioned the possibility for Japan to contribute to solving problems by taking advantage of the trilateral trade ministers’ meeting between Japan, the US and EU.

The following panel session featured a discussion between Yasuhiko Ota, Senior Writer and Editorial Writer of Nikkei Inc.; Apiradi Tantraporn, former Minister of Commerce of Thailand; and Yong Wang, a professor at Peking University, including about the importance of rule-making in the Asia-Pacific, the future of the trade friction between the US and China and the roles expected to be played by the US and Japan.

Keynote speech by Chairman & CEO Ishige

Panel session in Dallas

Panel session in Washington DC

Venue in Dallas

Venue in Washington DC

Dallas

Theme Asia-Pacific Economic Integration and the Role of the US & Japan
Date Friday, October 12, 2018
Venue Westin Stonebriar Hotel
Organizers JETRO
Co-organizers Dallas Regional Chamber; Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
Supporting organizations Consulate-General of Japan in Houston; World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth; Dallas Japanese Association
Participants 70 people
Program
  • Opening remarks by Dale A. Petroskey, President and CEO, Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC)
  • Guest speech by Hideo Fukushima, Consul-General of Japan in Houston
  • First keynote speech by Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO, Japan External Trade Organization
  • Second keynote speech by Matthew Roony, Managing Director, George W. Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative
  1. Panel Session
    Moderator
    • Matthew Roony, Managing Director, George W. Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative
    Panelists
    • Yasuhiko Ota, Senior Writer and Editorial Writer, Nikkei Inc.
    • Apiradi Tantraporn, former Minister of Commerce of Thailand
    • Yong Wang, Professor, School of International Studies; Director, Center for International Political Economy, Peking University
    • Wendy Cutler, former Assistant US Trade Representative
  • Closing remarks by John. M. Stich, Honorary Consul General of Japan in Dallas

Washington DC

Theme With or Without You: How Japan and the United States are Shaping Asian Economic Integration
Date Wednesday, October 16, 2018
Venue CSIS
Organizers JETRO, CSIS
Participants 122 people
Program
  • Welcome remarks by John J. Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS
  • Opening remarks by Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  1. Panel Session 1: Perspectives on Asia-Pacific Economic Integration
    Moderator:
    • Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS
    Panelists:
    • Yasuhiko Ota, Senior Writer and Editorial Writer, Nikkei Inc.
    • Apiradi Tantraporn, Former Minister of Commerce of Thailand
    • Yong Wang, Professor, School of International Studies; Director, Center for International Political Economy, Peking University
    • Amy Searight, Senior Adviser and Director, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS
  2. Panel Session 2: The US Business Perspective
    Moderator:
    • Matthew P. Goodman, Senior Vice President; William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics, CSIS
    Panelists:
    • Charles Freeman, Senior Vice President for Asia, US Chamber of Commerce
    • Kristen Silverberg, Managing Director, Institute of International Finance
    • Barbara Weisel, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors
  • Luncheon address by Julie Chung, Director, Office of Japanese Affairs, US Department of State