Development of ports and new maritime routes are crucial elements to enhance connectivity and opportunities for economic growth in the Asia-Pacific. The region’s economies depend heavily on maritime trade enabled by reliable, efficient and cost-effective shipping.
This project is led by the France (Pacific Territories) committee for PECC (FPTPEC) and it consists of a set of three seminars. It focuses on the contribution of the maritime dimension to intra-regional connectivity, sustainability and drivers of growth for the PECC economies and small island states. Under the broad theme of ‘Managing the Blue Economy,’ priority attention has been given to factors leading to the emergence of new trade flow patterns, the associated trade routes, and optimization of port operation capabilities to cope with the ups and downs in trade volumes and tourism throughout the region.
The third and final seminar in the ‘Blue Economy’ series will be held on 5-7 December 2016. Following on from the...Read more...
APEC Economic Leaders approved the “APEC Connectivity Framework” in Bali in 2013, pledging to “reach a seamlessly and comprehensively connected and integrated Asia-Pacific through the pillars of physical connectivity, institutional connectivity and people-to-people connectivity”. The 2014 Beijing APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting endorsed the “APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025”, which called on the APEC economies to take agreed actions and meet agreed targets to strengthen the tri-pillar connectivity by 2025. Last year, APEC Economic Leaders re-affirmed the above-mentioned commitment in Manila.
Fully recognizing its pivotal role in promoting economic growth and sustainable development, many regional organizations and economies have taken their own connectivity-related initiatives apart from or even prior to the APEC’s Blueprint. ASEAN formulated its Master Plan on Connectivity in 2010, which has made considerable progress and h...
The new President of Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Dr. Jung Taik Hyun was inaugurated as the Chair of KOPEC on June 28th 2016.
Before joining KIEP, he served as a Senior Secretary for Policy Coordination at the Blue House, Vice Chairman of National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC), Vice Minister at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF), Chairman of Korea Trade Commission, Professor of Department of International Trade and Regional Studies at Inha University, and President of Korea Development Institute (KDI).
He received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University, M.B.A. from Sloan School of Management at MIT, and B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University.
Ambassador Jose Antonio Bellina Acevedo has been appointed the new chair for Peru committee for PECC. He is currently the General Director of Asia and Oceania at the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Previously he has served as Ambassador of Peru to Canada (2010-2015), Vice-Minister for Defense Policies at the Ministry of Defense (2008-2010), Director General for International Affairs at the Ministry of Defense (2006-2008), and Director General for Security and Defense Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006). He has also served as the Head of Mission to the Embassy of Peru in Panama (2001-2006) and as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Peru in Argentina (1996-1999). He graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Peru in 1976 and is a member of the Institute for International Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.Read more...
Hon. Michel Rocard, Chair of France (Pacific Territories) committee for PECC (2001-2016) and former prime minister of France (1988-1991) lost his battle to cancer and passed away at the age of 85 on July 2nd 2016 in Paris. He is survived by his wife and four children.
As an ardent supporter of regional integration and cooperation, as the Chair of FPTPEC, he devoted much energy to encourage and promote the work of PECC to the French authorities and abroad. He has always demonstrated an acute interest particularly in sustainable development issues, and the social aspects of globalization.
He also served as the Minister of Territorial Development in 1981 to 1983 followed by Minister of Agriculture in 1983 to 1985, both under President Mitterrand. From 1994 to 2009, he served as a member of the European Parliament.
One of his immediate achievements upon assuming his post as the Prime Minister was the negotiation of Matignon Accords that brought truce between the separatists and loyalists ...
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