Fresh thinking on growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

Seminar: Trans-Pacific Partnership, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and the Outlook for Regional Economic Integration

Event | 17 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. Shiro Armstrong is a research fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, and a research associate at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at the Columbia University Business School. He specializes in East Asian economic integration and East Asian economies, including Japan. He is Director of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research, and editor of the East Asia Forum and East Asia Forum Quarterly.


Dr. Armstrong will discuss how the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership face challenges in deepening economic integration in East Asia and the Asia and Pacific region, and in integrating Asian economies into the global economy. A major test will be whether they can be open, inclusive agreements that are complementary—not competing—and contribute to buttressing the multilateral trading system.


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