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JSPS/Kyoto University – NRCT/Thammasat University
Core University Program Conference 2006
“Emerging Developments in East Asia FTA/EPPAs
October 27 and 28, 2006
Kambaikan Hall, Doshisha University

This year is the last academic year of The Market and Economic Partnership Project of the Core University Exchange Program between Japan and Thailand.

Since it was launched, in April 2004, project members hyave been engaged in research into both quantitative and qualitative aspects of Free Trade Arrangements (FTA) or Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) in Asia.

The 1997 Asian Currency Crisis enhanced the economic linkages of Asian countries and many bilateral and multilateral FTA/EPAs emerged in the region in the following yeras. It became imperative for researchers to clarify the meanings and impacts of such partnership agreements. The researchers investigated ways to maximize efficiency through various combinations of FTAs and EPAs. For this purpose, members conducted research on Asian FTA/EPAs focusing on aspects such as ICT, competitiveness, the local economy, production linkages and CGE modeling.

To present the research findings, the seminar was held at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, on October 27-28, 2006. All project members reported their research findings, and several external specialists were invited to discuss the issues. The participants engaged in insightful discussions over the two days of the seminar.


Details of the program



       

Opening Remarks
Yoko Hayami, Core University Project Leader, CSEAS, Kyoto University

Introduction
Shigeyuki Abe, Doshisha University
Bhanupong Nidhiprabha, Thammasat University


Session 1 FTA/EPA Developments in East Asia: EU and Japan's Approach

Michael G. Plummer, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, Italy
"East Asian Economic Integration and Europe: Can ASEAN Learn from the EU?"
Shujiro Urata, Waseda University
"The Impacts of East Asia FTA: A CGE Model Simulation Study"

Discussants:
Wisarn Pupphavesa, NIDA, Thailand
Masayuki Hara, Kobe University
Janis Kea, West Valley College



Session 2 ASEAN's Approach

Mahani Zainal Abidin, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
"Can Its FTA Strategy Boost Malaysia's Growth and Competitieness?"
Shandre Thangavelu, National University of Singapore and Shigeyuki Abe, Doshisha University
"Singapore, India, and Japan in the framework of FTA/EPA arrangement"

Discussants:
Taichi Maki, Kyoto Gakuen University
Bambang Brodjonegoro, University of Indonesia



Session 3 Cross Border Trades and CLMV

Srawooth Paitoonpong, TDRI, Thailand
"Thailand's cross-border trade in the Greater Mekong Subregion; Selected Social Issues"
Chalongphob Sussangkarn, TDRI, Thailand
"CLMV and East Asian Integration"

Discussants:
Tien Dung Nguyen, Ministry of Trade, Vietnam
Bambang Brodjonegoro, University of Indonesia



Session 4 Broader Regional Framework

Shoko Negishi, Doshisha University and Masahiro Inoguchi, Kyoto Sangyo University
"Toward Financial Integration in Asia: Implications of Foreign Entry in Banking System"
Bhanupong Nidhiprabha, Thammasat University, Thailand
"Asian Bond Markets: Development and Implications"

Discussants:
Masahiro Enya, Osaka International University
Michael G. Plummer, John Hopkins University, Italy



Session 5 Thailand and Japan

Suthiphand Chirathivat, Chulalongkorn University
"Japan-Thailand EPA: Problems and Future"
Tien Dung Nguyen, Ministry of Trade, Vietnam
"Regional Economic Integration and Its Impatcts on Growth, Poverty and Income Distribution: The Case of Thailand"

Discussants:
Yoko Ueda, Doshisha University
Keun Lee, Seoul National University, Korea



Session 6 Views from the U.S.

Akira Kohsaka, Osaka University
"East Asian Monetary Integration Revisited"
Wing Thye Woo, Brookings Institution, U.S.A.
"The Future of US-East Asian Economic Relations"

Discussants:
Osamu Nishimura, Doshisha Unviersity
Pasuk Phongpaichit, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Kaoru Sugihara, Kyoto University



Closing Remarks
Kosuke Mizuno, Director, CSEAS, Kyoto University

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