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International Conference on “The Establishment of the AEC and RCEP: Challenges and Opportunities”  
2015/07/13
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International Conference on “The Establishment of the AEC and RCEP: Challenges, Opportunities, and Implications for Taiwan”

  • Background  

International Conference on “The Establishment of the AEC and RCEP: Challenges, Opportunities, and Implications for Taiwan” Background Taiwan ASEAN Study Center (TASC) of Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), a leading non-profit research economic institute in Taiwan, is pleased to announce an upcoming International Conference on “the Establishment of the AEC and RCEP: Challenges, Opportunities, and Implications for Taiwan” to be held in Taipei on July 29th, 2015. This annual event is aimed to bring thoughts and reflections from scholars and experts from Taiwan and neighboring countries on the realization of the AEC, negotiations of the RCEP as well as Taiwan’s role in the accelerated economic integration in the region. The creation and success of the ASEAN alerted many in Taiwan to a pressing need to integrate the knowledge and resources of domestic scholars, research institutes, and think tanks in order to enhance our understanding of Southeast Asia’s economies and cultures and, ultimately, to consider strategies to achieve further participation and cooperation of Taiwan in advantageous regional economic partnerships. It was in this spirit that the TASC was established in 2009. The Center has served as a primary platform for research and cooperative exchanges in the realms of Southeast Asia research, regional studies, international affairs, development issues, and non-traditional security. This year will mark the formal establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and conclusion of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The realization of AEC by end-2015 will mark a major milestone in ASEAN’s efforts to create an integrated region of free movement of goods, services, investment and skilled labour. The achievement will be further acknowledged when negotiation of the RCEP completes by year-end, when the Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia will be integrated into an ASEAN-centered Free Trade Area (FTA). To respond to the opportunities and challenges of the AEC and RCEP, all economies in the region need to re-shape their regional strategy. Taiwan likewise should formulate an effective ASEAN policy. As such, TASC is organizing this international conference, hoping that scholars and experts from around the region can exchange viewpoints and experiences related to AEC and RCEP and provide advice on Taiwan’s future role in the integrated regional economy. The TASC is honored to invite His Excellency Mr. Muhammad LUTFI, former Trade Minister of the Republic of Indonesia and currently the Vice Chairman of Medco Resources, as the keynote speaker on the topic of “Challenges and Opportunities of the AEC and RCEP: Implications for Enhanced Taiwan-ASEAN Economic Partnership.” Following that, three sessions are planned on AEC and RCEP: Progress, Opportunities, and Challenge, ASEAN Dialogue Partners’ Responses to the Realization of AEC and RCEP, and The Impacts of AEC and RCEP on Taiwan and Its Strategy. Time & Venue Time: July 29, 2015 Venue: S.C. Tsiang Memorial Hall, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (75, Chang-Hsing Street, Taipei, Taiwan) Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C. (Taiwan) Organized by: Taiwan ASEAN Studies Center, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), R.O.C. (Taiwan) 

  • Time & Venue

Time: July 29, 2015

Venue: S.C. Tsiang Memorial Hall, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (75, Chang-Hsing Street, Taipei, Taiwan)

Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Organized by: Taiwan ASEAN Studies Center, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), R.O.C. (Taiwan)

  • Agenda

08:30-09:00

Registration

09:00-09:10

Welcome Remarks: Dr. Chung-Shu WU, President, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), R.O.C. (Taiwan)

09:10-09:20

Guest Remarks: Mr. Andrew Jen-Chuan KAO, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

09:20-09:50

Moderator: Mr. Elliott Yii-Lih CHARNG, Director General of Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Keynote Speech: Mr. Muhammad LUTFI, Former Trade Minister of Indonesia/ Vice Chairman of Medco Resources, Republic of Indonesia 

Topic: Challenges and Opportunities of the AEC and RCEP: Implications for Enhanced Taiwan-ASEAN Economic Partnership

09:50-10:10

 Q&A

10:10-10:25

Coffee Break

Session I: AEC and RCEP: Progress, Opportunities, and Challenges

 

Moderator: Mr. Dale Wen Chieh JIEH, Director-General, Department of Policy Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

10:25-10:50

Speaker: Dr. Siow Yue CHIA, Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), Republic of Singapore

Topic: Realization of AEC by End-2015 and Challenges in RCEP Negotiations

10:50-11:15

Speaker: Dr. Lili Yan ING, Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) , Malaysia

Topic: Why do we need RCEP?

11:15-11:40

Speaker: Dr. Shankaran NAMBIAR, Senior Research Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER), Malaysia

Topic : AEC and RECP:Some Issues from a Malaysian Perspective

11:40-12:10

Discussion

12:10-14:00

 Lunch

Session II: ASEAN Dialogue Partners’ Responses to the Realization of AEC and RCEP

 

Moderator: Amb. Louis W.H. TZEN, Member of Advisory Board of Taiwan ASEAN Studies Center/ Vice Chairman, Association of Foreign Relations, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

14:00-14:25

Speaker: Dr. Chang Jae LEE, Distinguished Research Fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Republic of Korea

Topic: Realization of AEC and RCEP: A Korean Perspective

14:25-14:50

Speaker: Professor To-Hai LIOU, Chair, Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University, R.O.C.(Taiwan)

Topic: Japan's Responses to AEC and RCEP

14:50-15:20

 Discussion

15:20-15:40

 Coffee Break

Session III: The Impacts of AEC and RCEP on Taiwan and Its Strategy

 

Monderator: Dr. San GEE, Vice Chairman, Taiwan External Trade Development Council, TAITRA, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

15:40-16:05

Speaker: Professor Chin-Ming Lin, Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Asian Studies, Tamkang University, R.O.C (Taiwan)

Topic: Will RCEP or AEC Be a Life-saver or Life-threatener to Taiwan?

16:05-16:30

Speaker: Dr. Chung-Hsing CHEN, Executive Vice President, Mega Financial Holding Company,R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Topic: RMBOBORAIIB and RCEP: China Challenges the Global Economic Order and its Implications for Taiwan

16:30-17:00

Discussion

17:00

Adjourn

 

Note: The conference will be conducted in English, and there will be simultaneous translation.



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