Studies on International Trade Systems (Fiscal 2006)
The purpose of this project is to enhance understanding among the industrial circles on the trade issues that Japan is facing as well as the trade policies related to these trade issues. Accordingly, it focuses on topics that are evidently the most important for Japan, such as dispute settlement, competition laws/antitrust laws, and the WTO. IIST has supported this project since fiscal 2005 in line with IISTβs thrust and objectives.
Organized by: The Fair Trade Center, Institute for International Trade and Investment
In cooperation with: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
As in the previous fiscal year, the themes of the seminars were mainly general economic conditions and competition issues in major areas such as the US, China and ASEAN, in response to strong requests from many companies operating in foreign countries. We conducted seminars related to the WTO and FTA matters, which are the main activities of the Fair Trade Center, particularly international laws and rules concerning trade remedies. At the same time, efforts were made to give balanced views to companies on international trade issues in general, by reviewing the changes in the international framework relating to intellectual property and investment which have shown the most drastic developments in recent years. Owing to such efforts, many participants contributed to lively discussions throughout the seminars, and many of them subsequently gave favorable opinions on the seminars. Also, proposals were presented for furthering the purpose of the seminars and making them even more useful. By continuing such dialogs between experts and industry people, we believe that understanding of actual international trade operations will be deepened. Accordingly, we intend to continue such seminars. (Extract from the report by the organizer, the Fair Trade Center)
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