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Addressing An Uncertain Future: APEC and Free Trade in the Asia Pacific [SOLD OUT]

Business of Asia in collaboration with NCAPEC

NEW YORK, January 19, 2017 — Expert speakers discuss how the changing U.S. political landscape will affect the future of trade and economic liberalization in the Asia-Pacific. Panelist include Nguyen Thanh Hai, deputy director general in charge of policy issues at the Vietnam 2017 national APEC secretariat; Dr. Vu Tien Loc, chairman and president of the Vietnam chamber of commerce and industry; Monica Hardy Whaley, president of the national center for APEC; and Farisa Zarin, managing director and global head of government and public affairs at Moody’s. The discussion was moderated by Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Wendy Cutler. (1 hr., 5 min.)

How will the changing U.S. political landscape affect the future of trade and economic liberalization in the Asia-Pacific? As the Trump administration takes office, people around the globe are anticipating the impact of new and unconventional approaches to trade and economic policy in the world’s largest economy. Join us for a high-level briefing on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, in which expert speakers will reflect on the outcomes of the 2016 APEC leaders meeting in Lima and discuss Vietnam’s plans to host a successful APEC 2017 in an environment marked by significant uncertainty surrounding trade policy and political alliances. Without U.S. backing, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at this time is no longer a viable pathway for regional economic integration. Will China take advantage of this leadership vacuum to advance the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations? And what does this all mean for APEC’s goal of achieving a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific?

Wendy Cutler (discussion moderator) joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) as Vice President and Managing Director of the Washington D.C. office in November 2015. She most recently served as the Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she was responsible for negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Nguyen Thanh Hai is a Deputy Director General in charge of policy issues at the Vietnam 2017 National APEC Secretariat, the national agency responsible for day-to-day works related to the hosting of APEC 2017 in Viet Nam. He was formerly Deputy Director General at the Policy Planning Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam. Most recently he served as Counselor, Political Chief at the Embassy of Viet Nam in Washington DC.

Dr. Vu Tien Loc, Ph.D, is the Chairman and President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a national organization that represents the business community in all economic sectors of Vietnam.

Monica Hardy Whaley was named the President of the National Center for APEC in January of 2009. She served as NCAPEC's Deputy Director at its founding in 1994 and as the Executive Director since November of 2002.
Farisa Zarin is Managing Director & Global Head, Government and Public Affairs of Moody’s Corporation. Her responsibilities include global interaction with policy makers, and securities, bank and insurance regulators. During her tenure at Moody’s, Ms. Zarin has held senior positions in the Credit Policy group and the Global Compliance group. She has also worked in the Moody’s Sovereign Risk Unit on an adjunct basis, focusing mainly on the legal ramifications of sovereign defaults.
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Event Details

Thu 19 Jan 2017
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Members $12; Students/Seniors $15; Nonmembers $20
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