Fresh thinking on growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

Asia Free Trade Agreement Forum 2013

Event | 20 June 2013 Qingdao, People's Republic of China


This forum will cover economic integration in Asia and provide four sessions on a broad range of economic integration issues, including production networks, free trade agreements (FTAs), and the WTO. Other topics to be discussed include the trilateral FTA between the People's Republic of China (PRC), Republic of Korea, and Japan; the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement; and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This forum will offer an opportunity for researchers and policy planners to discuss growing regional integration.


Asia has emerged as the manufacturing hub of the world. Close industrial interconnection in the region has fostered the clustering of production networks, and East Asian countries—such as the PRC, Japan, and Viet Nam—have become integral parts of the global value chain. This trend, together with the stalemate in the Doha round of WTO negotiations, has encouraged Asian economies to turn to their neighbors in seeking further liberalization. The evidence of this is the decision to commence negotiations on the RCEP, which involves ASEAN, Australia, the PRC, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and New Zealand. The negotiations will cover a broad spectrum of issues including investment, and trade in goods and services.


The forum will examine:

  • Policy implications of expanding production networks for Asian economic integration;
  • Progress and achievement of economic integration despite the 2008 global financial crisis;
  • The latest developments in the region, particularly the RCEP, and global economic governance uner the WTO;
  • How to bridge gaps in infrastructure, trade, and investment to accelerate economic integration and contribute to the broader development agenda.


Record of the proceedings.


Ambassadors, governors, scholars, media, and experts from international organizations.

How to register

By invitation.




Boao Forum for Asia
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
Qingdao Municipality Government