The Pattern of Global Trade: Opportunities and Challenges for the Emerging Economics

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Seminar 2: Free Trade Zone: International experience and local development

June 10, 2014
13:00 -15:30 (JST)

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Dominic Sansoni/World Bank

As the world economy becomes more globalized, the developing countries, which account for over 40 percent of the global trade, play an increasingly important role in global economy and trade. Since the financial crisis, the global economic and trade pattern has been readjusted, and new rules of global trade, which pursue higher liberalization in business operation, investment and services, and emphasize more on fair competition and protection of rights and interests, have been established. The new pattern may to a large extent reshape the external environment of the emerging economies and reconstruct the global economic value chain, and thus may again repel the emerging economies, including China, to the edge of the international trade system. Emerging economies are therefore confronted with severe challenges to establish more reasonable economic and trade policies for the purpose of playing an even more active role in the global economy and boosting sustainable local economic development.

In recent years, China witnessed a rapid growth in its foreign trade. In 2012, China has surpassed the US to become the world’s biggest trade country with its overall foreign trade volume reaching $3.87 trillion. However, like the other developing countries, China lacks diversity in its foreign trade structure and received limited sharing in global value chains. Therefore, it’s of China’s top priority to further develop trade in services and enhance its level of investment liberalization to be further integrated into the global economy and contribute to its economic and structural transformation and upgrading.

This program is jointly organized by the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC), Korean Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management, The World Bank, and the WB Tokyo Development Learning Center.

In order to summarize and share experience on“the New Pattern of Global Trade”, AFDC plans to launch a series of VC seminars in 2014 in collaboration with the World Bank and other GDLN affiliates to cope with opportunities and challenges for the emerging economies.

Program Description

Seminar 2: Free Trade Zone: International experience and local development

Date: June 10, 2014
Time: 13:00 -15:30 (JST)

The framework and global perspective

Mr. Ganesh Rasagam, Lead Private Sector Development Specialist, The World Bank

Experience sharing

Mr. Bo Chen, Associate Department Head, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Mr. Sherzod Shadikhodjaev, Professor, KDI School
Moderator: Dr. Ji Rui, Senior Economist, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center

Seminar 1: Global Trade Facilitation-Trends and Challenges

Date: April 9, 2014
Time: 11:30 -14:00 (JST)

The framework and global perspective

Mr. Duc Minh Pham, Senior Economist, the World Bank

Experience sharing

Prof. Xu Mingqi, Professor & Director, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Mr. Shigeyuki Abe, Professor, Doshisha University, Faculty of Policy Studies
Moderator: Dr. Ji Rui, Senior Economist, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center

Archived Video

An archived video of this seminar is available on AFDC website.

Target audience

Policy makers from central & local government agencies, particularly from EAP and South Asian countries - in the field of global economy and trade.
Representatives from civil society, academia and private sector, etc.


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