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The New Stage of Asian Economic Integration

The New Stage of Asian Economic Integration
Date/Time: Jun 26, 2006 / 8.30am-2.00pm
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel

The SIIA and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) are pleased to invite you to the above seminar that looks into East Asia’s New Stage of Economic Integration.

East Asia’s economic integration is entering a new stage. The region’s leaders met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this past December for the ASEAN+3 Summit and East Asia Summit, where they exchanged views on further integration, including the possible creation of an East Asian community.  The keys to furthering East Asia’s integration include: 
- Sustaining ASEAN’s stable growth, while keeping its unity and competitiveness
- Resolving China’s structural problems—which put sustainable development at risk
- The US presence in the region
- Emerging India
- The role of Japan, whose economy is on a strong recovery track.

In this seminar, under the theme “A New Stage of Asian Economic Integration”, keynote speakers will address these points from their perspectives and talk about the road to integration and its challenges. Following the keynote speeches, a panel discussion will examine the roles of participating countries, in particular Japan, as the region enters this new stage of integration.

Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

Programme Schedule: 

8.30am      Registration and Coffee
9.00am      Chairman Welcome Remarks by Mr Simon Tay, Chairman SIIA
9.05am      Opening Remarks by Mr. Osamu Watanabe, Chairman & CEO, JETRO

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Road to Integration and Its Challenges

Mr. Lawrence Greenwood Jr., Vice President, Asian Development Bank
Dr. Fan Gang, Director, National Economic Research Institute
Dr. T.J. Pempel, Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley 
Moderator: Mr. Simon Tay, Chairman, SIIA

10:25am      Q&A
10:45am      Coffee break
11.05am      PANEL DISCUSSION : Role of Participating Countries as its enters into New Stage Integration

Mr. Keita Nishiyama, Director, Asia-Pacific Division, METI
Mr. Winston Ho, Regional Director (North Asia & Pacific), IE Singapore
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Dr. Fan Gang, Director, National Economic Research Institute 
Mr. Naoyoshi Noguchi, Director General, JETRO New Delhi
Moderator: Dr. Hank Lim, Director of Research, SIIA

12:05pm      Q&A
12:30pm      Lunch

Ministerial Luncheon Speech
Mr. Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade & Industry, Singapore

Closing remarks by
Mr. Sumihito Hirai, Managing Director, JETRO Singapore

2.00pm    End of Seminar


Osamu Watanabe, Chairman and CEO
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Mr Osamu Watanabe is the Chairman and CEO of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) since July 2002.  He has held many important key positions in MITI and was appointed MITI Administrative Vice-Minister in 1997. He currently serves on several ministerial councils and committees, including Prime Minister Koizumi’s Task Force on Foreign Relations.

Mr Lawrence Greenwood Jr., Vice-President – Asian Development Bank
Mr Greenwood is the Vice President, Operation 2 at the Asian Development Bank. He is responsible for the Banks’ operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.  Prior to his present appointment at ADB, Mr Greenwood was a career diplomat at the US Department of State and had served various postings at US Embassies mostly in Asia

Dr Fan Gang, Director – National Economic Research Institute
Prof Fan Gang is the Director of the National Institute of Economic Research and Professor of Economics of the Beijing University and the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.  Dr Fan had more than 100 academic papers published in both Chinese and English academic journals, more than 200 articles in newspapers and magazines and had also published several books.
Dr T.J. Pempel, Director – Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Dr T.J Pempel is the Director of East Asian Studies since January 2002 with the University of Califonia, Berkeley. His specialized area of research and teaching is on comparative politics, political economy, contemporary Japan and Asian regionalism.

Mr Keita Nishiyama, Director – Asia-Pacific Division, METI
Mr Nishiyama is currently the Director of the Asia and Pacific Division of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).  He holds a law degree from University of Tokyo and University of Oxford.

Mr Naoyoshi Noguchi, Director General – JETRO New Delhi
Mr Naoyoshi Noguchi is the Director General of JETRO, New Delhi Center.  He joined JETRO in 1987 and had been assigned to various positions at JETRO overseas offices such as Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), before being appointed Director of Asia Oceania Division.  

Mr Winston Ho, Regional Director, North Asia & Pacific – International Operations Group, IE Singapore
Mr Winston Ho is the Regional Director for North Asia and Pacific.  He is responsible for assisting in managing IE Singapore’s Southeast Asia Division and ensuring the smooth functioning of its network of overseas offices in KL, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Pekan Baru, Manila and Bangkok.  In addition to this, he also oversee the promotion of Singapore’s business interests in the key markets of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.  He is also overseeing he offices in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia.

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