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28th PECC General Meeting

From July 22, 2021 until July 22, 2021
At Online

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 28th PECC General Meeting

Implementing the Putrajaya Vision
"Revitalising the regional economy and ensuring sustainable and inclusive societies"

21 to 22 July 2021

(New Zealand Time Zone)



Day 1 - Wednesday, 21 July 2021

14:00 – 14:05 Welcome and opening remarks
  • Brian Lynch
    Chair, New Zealand Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZPECC), Business Consultant 

14:05 – 14:15 Remarks
  • Hon. Damien O’Connor
    Minister of Trade and Export Growth, New Zealand

  • Richard Cantor 
    Co-Chair, PECC; Chair, United States Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (USPECC); and Chief Credit Officer, Moody’s Corporation

14:15 – 15:30 Session 1: Challenges of the COVID recovery: Managing COVID and the challenges of reviving regional growth


  • Loreto Leyton
    Chair, Chilean National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CHILPEC); and Executive Director, Chile Pacific Foundation

Managing the COVID Recovery – Trade Challenges
  • Simon Evenett
    Professor of International Trade and Economic Development and MBA Director of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

COVID - IP and other issues
  • Susy Frankel
    Chair in Intellectual Property and International Trade, Victoria University, Wellington

COVID - Logistic issues
  • Shiumei Lin
    Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability, United Parcel Service (UPS) Asia Pacific Region

  • Alan Bollard
    Professor of Practice, School of Government, Wellington School of Business and Government, Victoria University of Wellington and Chair for Pacific Region Business

  • Shankaran Nambiar 
    Senior Research Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research

15:30 – 15:40 Break

15:40 – 17:00 Session 2: Rebuilding support for open trade
Why an open trading system has been and will continue to be the most beneficial way to recovery and the economic future for all economies

  • Shujiro Urata
    Senior Research Advisor to the President of ERIA

Case study on how the US has benefited from open trade addressing the future challenges
  • Jeffrey Schott
    Petersen Institute for International Economic

Case study on how China has benefited from open trade and future challenges
  • Sheng Bin
    Dean of School of Economics, Distinguished Professor, Institute of International Economics Nankai University, Director of China APEC Academy, Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Transnationals’ Study and APEC Study Center, Nankai University

Revitalising the multilateral trading system
  • Manuel Agosin
    Professor/Profesor, School of Economics and Business, Universidad de Chile

  • Deborah Elms
    Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre

  • Robert Scollay
    Associate Professor of Economics and Director, APEC Study Centre, University of Auckland

Day 2 – Thursday, 22 July 2021

14:05 – 15:20 Session 3: The Emerging Issues in the Digital Economy
Factors required for the acceleration of digital trade through regional coordination and the utilization of digital to enhance and promote regional economic integration.

  • Hugh Stephens
    Vice Chair, Canadian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC)

Critical Issues in the Digital Economy
  • Peter Lovelock
    Head of Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership

Safety and trust in the digital economy
  • Lu Chuanying
    Secretary General of the Cyberspace International Governance Research Center and Senior Research Fellow of Shanghai Institute for International Studies

Overview and assessment of future key issues in the digital economy in Korea
  • Wonki Min
    President of SUNY (the State University of New York) Korea

  • Shiro Armstrong
    Associate Professor, Crawford School Government; and Director of East Asian Bureau of Economic Research, Australia National University

  • Esther Peh
    Lead, External & Regulatory Affairs (Asia-Pacific), AT&T | WarnerMedia

15:20 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:50 Session 4: Climate Change
De-carbonisation requires and will drive structural change and new patterns of trade. How to build support for the necessary changes. Developing vs developed economy perspectives and challenges.

  • Gordon De Brouwer
    Chair, Australian Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee (AUSPECC) and Honorary Professor and Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU)

Building support for climate change policies among diverse economies
  • Pascal Lamy
    Chair, France Pacific Territories National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (FPTPEC) and President Emeritus, European Institute of Jacques Delors, Paris

Challenges for addressing climate change in Thailand
  • Narongchai Akrasanee
    Chair, Thailand National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (TNCPEC) and Chairman, Seranee Holdings Co. Ltd

Developments in climate change-related policies: a US perspective
  • David Victor
    Professor of Innovation and Public Policy, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego

  • Adrian Macey
    Adjunct Professor, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

  • Briony Wood-Ingram
    Program Director, The Australian APEC Study Centre, RMIT University

  • Kobad Bhavnagri
    Global Head of Industrial Decarbonization, BloombergNEF

16:50 – 17:00 Closing remarks
  • Zhan Yongxin, Co-Chair, PECC, Chair, China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CNCPEC)