The Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration: The Post-TPP Era

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/24/18
8:30 am - 1:15 pm

Location
Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council


 

The Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration: The Post-TPP Era

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Bart Édes, North American Representative, Asian Development Bank; Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia; Christopher Nelson, Fellow for US-Asia Relations, Sasakawa USA; Editor and Publisher, The Nelson Report; Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Yorizumi Watanabe, Professor of International Political Economy, Keio University

Shortly after his inauguration, US President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The withdrawal from this agreement, which was previously billed by the Obama administration as a way to enhance American economic growth and sustain American influence in the Asia Pacific region, signified a major shift in US trade policy. What will be the future of Asia Pacific economic integration following the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership? What local and regional impacts will this withdrawal have for the United States on foreign direct investment and trade from Asia?

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Bart Édes

North American Representative, Asian Development Bank

Bart Édes has served as the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) representative in North America since October 2, 2017. His earlier ADB experience includes leading teams responsible for knowledge management, social development, gender equity, the social sectors, civil society engagement, ICT for Development, inclusive business, governance, and public sector management. Between 1994 and 2000, Édes managed communications at SIGMA, a joint initiative of the European Union and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development providing support to public governance reform in Central and Eastern European countries. Édes has also worked as a journalist, researcher, policy analyst, and specialist on international trade and foreign direct investment. He has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in Government (cum laude) from Georgetown University.

 

Yorizumi Watanabe

 

Yorizumi Watanabe

Professor of International Political Economy, Keio University

Yorizumi Watanabe is professor of International Political Economy at the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University. His distinguished career has featured significant engagement in the major bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations in which Japan has been involved in the past two decades. This includes postings to Japan’s diplomatic missions in Geneva and Brussels. He was deputy director-general of the Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan from 2002-2004 and served as chief negotiator for the Japan-Mexico Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Working Party on Russia’s Accession to the WTO. He was special assistant to the minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2004. He has been a member of several Task Forces such as the Japan-EU EPA as well as the Japan-India EPA, and more recently on Japan-US Economic Relations under the minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2016. Since April 2015 Watanabe has been appointed to statutory auditor at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Company, which is affiliated to Daimler AG.

 

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