When APEC Trade Ministers met in Singapore last month they determined that concluding the Doha Round by 2010 is key to global economic recovery, and they committed to take the steps necessary to accelerate the end-game of Doha negotiations by the second half of 2009.
In this dialogue, Ambassador Michael Tay, Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat will address, “The Future of APEC and its Impact on World and Global Trade”.
Ambassador Tay will discuss APEC’s role in global economic recovery efforts – and will examine calls for APEC to form a powerful “APEC-caucus” within the G20*, the new chief steering committee for the global economy.
6:00 – 6:15pm Arrival of Guests and Light Reception
6:15 – 6:20pm Opening Remarks by Moderator
6:20 – 6:50pm Speaker's Remarks
6:50 – 7:20pm Question and Answers
7:20 – 7:30pm Closing Remarks by Moderator
Ambassador Michael Tay is the 17th Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat. He concurrently holds the position of Executive Director of the Russia-Singapore Business Forum Organizing Council. Prior to leading the Secretariat, Ambassador Tay served as Singapore’s Ambassador to Russia from 2003-2008. From 1999 to 2002, he was the Director-General of ASEAN-Singapore. During Singapore’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 1998-1999, he was the chief coordinator for the ASEAN Ministerial Meetings and the Summit. Ambassador Tay has also held posts in Singapore’s Embassies in Tokyo, Japan (1995-1998) and in Seoul, Korea (1989-1992). In 2006, Ambassador Tay was awarded the Singapore Public Administration Medal (Silver) and bestowed with the honour of "Patron of Art of the Century" by a foremost Russian foundation. He holds a BA and an MA in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore.
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