Economics and Politics of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

03/25/2021 04:00 pm 03/25/2021 05:30 pm Australia/Melbourne Economics and Politics of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

On 15 November 2020, the ASEAN member countries, together with Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, but not the USA or India, signed the world's largest free trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). It's formation in the midst of intensifying trade and political tensions between China and the USA (and Australia) has been controversial, and has generated much debate about its economic as well as political implications. Will it help to consolidate an open trade and investment regime in the region? Is this a reflection of Chinese dominance in determining the regional trade agenda?

Speakers

This webinar brings together a distinguished international panel of trade policy experts who will present analyses and insights from a range of different perspectives.

Professor Fukunari Kimura, Keio University, Tokyo and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Professor Kimura is an authority on international trade and economic integration issues in Asia and published widely on regional free trade agreements. He is currently Professor of Economics at Keio University and Chief Economist of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). He is a past President of the Japan Society of International Economics, and Dean of the Graduate School of Economics at Keio University. He is a graduate of Tokyo University and the University of Madison-Wisconsin.

Dr Jayant Menon, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

Dr Menon is an authority on trade and investment issues and economic integration in the Asian region, and a regular commentator on economic policy issues in Asia. Before joining ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore in 2020, where he continues his research on the Asian economies, he was Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank. He has also been a Senior Research Fellow at the ADB Institute, Tokyo and Monash University. He is a graduate of La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne.

Professor Simon Evenett, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland

Professor Evenett is Professor of International Trade and Economic Development at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. He is a global authority on the international trading system and frequently cited in international media on trade issues. He is the creator of the Global Trade Alert initiative, based at the University of St Gallen, that monitors protectionism around the world. Professor Evenett has held previous appointments at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Rutgers University and the World Bank. He has also held visiting appointments as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the UK Competition Commission, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Yale University.

Associate Professor Shiro Armstrong, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU)

Associate Professor Armstrong is an economist within the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. He is also Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, Editor of the East Asia Forum, Director of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Associate at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School. Shiro is a Visiting Scholar at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in Japan and a Visiting Associate Professor at Keio University. He is a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award for Public Policy and Outreach and a dual winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Service Quality.

Mr Simon Farbenbloom, Assistant Secretary, Regional Trade Agreement Division Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Mr Farbenbloom has worked on international trade and economic issues with the Australian Government for over 25 years. Mr Farbenbloom is currently Assistant Secretary, FTA Policy and Implementation Branch, Regional Trade Agreement Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is Australia’s Lead for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement and oversees implementation of several other Australian trade agreements. In previous positions in DFAT, Mr Farbenbloom has worked as the Chief Legal Counsel for Australia’s free trade agreement negotiations with ASEAN, China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia, and has served in diplomatic postings at the Australian Mission to the WTO in Geneva and at Australian Embassies in Bangkok and Tokyo.

Moderator

Dr Laura Puzzello, Department of Economics, Monash Business School

Dr Puzzello is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics and a member of CDES and the SoDA Laboratories at Monash Business School. She is a specialist in international trade and has published in major academic journals including the American Economic Review and the Journal of International Economics. Dr Puzzello holds an undergraduate degree from Bocconi University, Italy and completed her postgraduate education at the University of Sussex, UK and Purdue University, USA.

Event host

Professor Sisira Jayasuriya, Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES), Monash Business School.

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Event Details

Date:
25 March 2021 at 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue:
Online - Melbourne time

Description

On 15 November 2020, the ASEAN member countries, together with Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, but not the USA or India, signed the world's largest free trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). It's formation in the midst of intensifying trade and political tensions between China and the USA (and Australia) has been controversial, and has generated much debate about its economic as well as political implications. Will it help to consolidate an open trade and investment regime in the region? Is this a reflection of Chinese dominance in determining the regional trade agenda?

Speakers

This webinar brings together a distinguished international panel of trade policy experts who will present analyses and insights from a range of different perspectives.

Professor Fukunari Kimura, Keio University, Tokyo and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Professor Kimura is an authority on international trade and economic integration issues in Asia and published widely on regional free trade agreements. He is currently Professor of Economics at Keio University and Chief Economist of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). He is a past President of the Japan Society of International Economics, and Dean of the Graduate School of Economics at Keio University. He is a graduate of Tokyo University and the University of Madison-Wisconsin.

Dr Jayant Menon, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

Dr Menon is an authority on trade and investment issues and economic integration in the Asian region, and a regular commentator on economic policy issues in Asia. Before joining ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore in 2020, where he continues his research on the Asian economies, he was Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank. He has also been a Senior Research Fellow at the ADB Institute, Tokyo and Monash University. He is a graduate of La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne.

Professor Simon Evenett, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland

Professor Evenett is Professor of International Trade and Economic Development at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. He is a global authority on the international trading system and frequently cited in international media on trade issues. He is the creator of the Global Trade Alert initiative, based at the University of St Gallen, that monitors protectionism around the world. Professor Evenett has held previous appointments at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Rutgers University and the World Bank. He has also held visiting appointments as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the UK Competition Commission, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Yale University.

Associate Professor Shiro Armstrong, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU)

Associate Professor Armstrong is an economist within the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. He is also Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, Editor of the East Asia Forum, Director of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Associate at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School. Shiro is a Visiting Scholar at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in Japan and a Visiting Associate Professor at Keio University. He is a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award for Public Policy and Outreach and a dual winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Service Quality.

Mr Simon Farbenbloom, Assistant Secretary, Regional Trade Agreement Division Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Mr Farbenbloom has worked on international trade and economic issues with the Australian Government for over 25 years. Mr Farbenbloom is currently Assistant Secretary, FTA Policy and Implementation Branch, Regional Trade Agreement Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is Australia’s Lead for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement and oversees implementation of several other Australian trade agreements. In previous positions in DFAT, Mr Farbenbloom has worked as the Chief Legal Counsel for Australia’s free trade agreement negotiations with ASEAN, China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia, and has served in diplomatic postings at the Australian Mission to the WTO in Geneva and at Australian Embassies in Bangkok and Tokyo.

Moderator

Dr Laura Puzzello, Department of Economics, Monash Business School

Dr Puzzello is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics and a member of CDES and the SoDA Laboratories at Monash Business School. She is a specialist in international trade and has published in major academic journals including the American Economic Review and the Journal of International Economics. Dr Puzzello holds an undergraduate degree from Bocconi University, Italy and completed her postgraduate education at the University of Sussex, UK and Purdue University, USA.

Event host

Professor Sisira Jayasuriya, Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES), Monash Business School.

Organised by

Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES)

Register now

Register via Zoom