Over the last 20 years, economic crises have hit the region almost every ten years. There is a need to consider not only the short-term economic rescue policy, but also the resilient infrastructure against frequent economic crises in the long term.
The Japanese National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (JANCPEC) held PECC International Workshop on Social Resilience on 12 July 2011 in Tokyo to discuss measures to strengthen social safety nets in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop consisted of four sessions including pension system, health care system, unemployment insurance scheme, and macroeconomic analysis.
PECC conference organized by the Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (SINCPEC) in partnership with the United States Asia Pacific Council (USAPC/ US member committee for PECC), "Growing APEC Economies: New Challenges and Approaches" took take place in Singapore on 29-30 June 2011.
The conference served as an opportunity to share interim findings in the run up to the 20th PECC General Meeting hosted by USAPC in Washington D.C. in September 2011. This year, the key motivation was to help APEC economies cope with external shocks such as the US Government's quantitative easing, and rebalance export-driven development model by identifying services as an alternative growth pillar. More...
The annual CTPECC Youth Camp took place in Tianmu Convention Center in Taipei. The purpose of the youth camp is to inform undergraduate students of important current international affairs and to equip them with skills needed to analyze and deliberate on global economic and political affairs. More...
20th General Meeting of PECC will be hosted by USAPC in Washington D.C. on 29 September 2011. It will be held back-to-back with the next Standing Committee meeting of PECC (28 and 30 September 2011). The overall theme for the GM XX will be "State of the Region."
The recent global crisis had serious impacts not only on economic development but also on labor markets in the region. Current unemployment rates are still much higher than the pre-crisis level despite a GDP upturn, which implies that the unemployment problem could be structure-related. Accelerating the recovery of job markets is essential for reviving the economy as well as maintaining social stability.
The first of the series of three under the PECC International Project (2011-2012), Sustainable Management of Marine Resources, the above seminar will take place in Noumea, New Caledonia on 22-24 November 2011. The seminar will bring together academics, policy-makers, and business executives to discuss and examine the consequences of climate change on oceans, exploitative versus responsible usage of marine resources as food, energy, and goods, treatment of solid and liquid waste in coastal areas and vessels, as well as the ways to achieve sustainable management of biodiversity in and around the oceans. Case studies from different economies, best practices and innovative approaches will be shared through these seminars. More...
The Fundación Chilena del Pacífico held the inaugural Edgardo Boeninger Memorial Lecture on 5 July. Dr Edgardo Boeninger was the international chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council from 1995 to 1997. He was formerly a member of the Senate and Secretary General of the Presidency of Chile under Patricio Aylwin.
The lecture was delivered by Prof. Gareth Evans AO, QC, former Australian Foreign Minister, Chairman Emeritus of the International Crisis Group, Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Chancellor, the Australian National University.
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