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Capacity Building for New International Architecture in Trade and Investment [October 25-27, 2005]

Capacity Building for New International Architecture in Trade and Investment


Overview


In the Bogor Declaration of 1994, APEC clearly stated that it would realize free and open trade and investment in the region. In recent years, however, various RTA (Regional Trade Agreements), EPA (Economic Partnership Agreements) and FTA (Free Trade Agreements) have been discussed inside and outside the APEC region, making its relations with WTO that are based upon multilateral negotiations even more complex. The symposium was co-sponsored as part of a project to consider relations among different free trade systems that are complicatedly related with each other.


Dates: October 25-27, 2005 (3 days)
Place: International Conference Hall, United Nations University (Aoyama, Tokyo)
Organized by: Tokyo Keizai University, Aoyama Gakuin University, United Nations University/Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Japan Association of International Economic Law, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST) and FairTradeCenter
Supported by: World Trade Organization (WTO), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference(APEC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan


Overview


The themes of panel discussions on the first and second days of the symposium were “WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism: 10 Years of Accomplishments and Future Challenges” and “The Way Forward to a Successful Doha Development Agenda,” which focused on the framework of the WTO. In the meantime, the focus of panel discussion on the last day was on Asia, as shown by the title of “Free Trade Agreements and Business Activities in Asia”. This reflects the fact that the symposium was the only one held in Asia among the series of meetings to commemorate the 10th anniversary of WTO’s foundation.

During the panel discussion on the third day, major points in free trade agreements (FTA) and regional trade agreements (RTA) in Asia, which are represented by APEC, were discussed, followed by discussions about their future prospects. In FTA and RTA in Asia, the relief institutions or the dispute settlement systems, including the safeguards, have been established without conflicting with the WTO, and it was argued that they were not contrary to multilateral trade liberalization promoted by the WTO. In particular, APEC has developed as a framework with more internationality, covering human security in addition to trade and investment. Great expectations are being held for APEC, although it is faced with some important problems.

Opinions were actively exchanged throughout the three days of the symposium, involving not only expert panelists but also general participants. On the third day, when the theme significantly affecting the APEC was addressed, it was pointed out that it was important to promote FTA to supplement WTO. The symposium was highly appreciated for the significant discussions that were made, which could be inherited by the APEC Summit in Pusan (January 2005), which was held immediately after the symposium. The symposium was also significant in that a network for continued exchange of opinions was formed, mainly by experts in the Asian region who participated in the symposium.

PDF (104KB) Program, participants, etc.


First Day (A panelist giving a presentation

First Day (A panelist giving a presentation

First Day (On the stage

First Day (On the stage


Second Day (Panel discussion

Second Day (Panel discussion




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