Fresh thinking on growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

Seminar: Relative Significance of Economic Partnership Agreements in the Asia and Pacific Region

Event | 20 December 2013 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan


ADBI's Seminar Series brings eminent persons to ADBI to encourage debate among policymakers, researchers, academics, think tanks, and other audiences interested in economic development challenges in the Asia and Pacific region.


Dr. Kenichi Kawasaki is a senior fellow of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. He is a consulting fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, and an adjunct fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

Dr. Kawasaki spent more than two decades in the Japanese government, including the Department of Economics and Statistics of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has contributed to numerous policy studies, working for the research projects of the Economic Committee of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on the impacts of trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, participating during the last decade and a half in the joint study groups of the Japanese government and trading partners on Japan's Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), and most recently, estimating the impacts of Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Dr. Kawasaki was an associate professor at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo and has maintained a long-term association with the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) at Purdue University. He received the Alan A. Powell Award in 2005 for outstanding service on the GTAP Advisory Board. He holds a PhD in economics from Osaka University and a BS in mathematics from the University of Tokyo.


  • TPP and RCEP will complement each other rather than be competitors toward the establishment of the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP).
  • Trade diversion effects will deteriorate the economic welfare of non-member economies of regional EPAs.
  • The impacts of non-tariff measure reductions will be significant in comparison with those of tariff removals.
  • The People's Republic of China will generate the largest income gains of the APEC economies as a whole from FTAAP. followed by Russia and the US.
  • ASEAN countries and others will primarily benefit from their own EPA policy measures.


Policymakers, academics, outside researchers and the general public; approximately 30 participants.