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Upcoming Policy Forum on National Interest and the ASEAN Economic Community

This month, ASEAN celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment on August 8, 1967.

The Bugkos Research Program of the University of the Philippines' Asian Center will hold a policy forum, National Interest and the ASEAN Economic Community: Convergence or Competition?, on August 17, 2017, 9:00 am–4:00 pm, at the Seminar Room, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, Asian Center, UP Diliman. The Bugkos Research Program is led by UP Professor and APPFI Vice President Dr. Antoinette Raquiza.

The forum will bring together leading political economists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines to gain a better understanding of country processes for the ASEAN Economic Community initiative: What are the stakes for each country’s participation in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)?  How is each country preparing their domestic economies and constituencies for AEC integration? How are these countries positioning themselves in the regional trade treaties in relation to the changing global economic architecture?

Speaking at the forum are country experts:

  • Philippines: Dr. Josef Yap, professorial lecturer, UP School of Economics and former president, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
  • Thailand: Dr. Wisarn Pupphavesa, Senior Adviser for International Economic Relations, Thailand Development Research Institute
  • Malaysia: Dr. Tham Siew Yean, Senior Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Yusof Ishak Institute; and,
  • Indonesia: Dr. Shofwan Al-Banna Choiruzzad, Research Fellow, ASEAN Study Center, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia.

After the presentations, a roundtable will proceed with representatives from the government and the private sector giving their reactions in order to further understand the road ahead for the Philippines and the rest of the region. Joining the forum as lead reactors include Dr. Erlinda Medalla, Philippine Institute for Development Studies and Ms. Myrene Sabina Bedaño, Department of Trade and Industry.

The forum is free and open to the public, but pre-registration online through Google Form or by phone Bugkos Research Program Office at 981-8500 local 3586) is REQUIRED. 

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