RIETI-ANU Symposium

Towards an Asia-Pacific Digital Economy Governance Regime

Announcement

The digital economy is the new economy, underpinning productivity growth, development and prosperity globally. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digitalisation of economies as societies adjusted to social distancing and rapid responses in healthcare, education and service delivery.
The sources of innovation and technological progress are increasingly diffuse and digital protectionism is on the rise.
There is a global governance deficit with no multilateral rules for governing the digital economy. A patchwork of bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements are beginning to set some standards and rules that cover some aspects of digital trade.
Geopolitics is leading to a digitally divided global economy with strategic rivalry between China and the United States leading to digital decoupling and a more fragmented digital global economy.
The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER) at The Australian National University bring together a group of experts from across the Asia Pacific to draw on existing research to develop a pathway towards an Asia-Pacific Digital Economy Governance Regime.

Information

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  • Time and Date: 9:00-11:30 (Japan Standard Time), Tuesday, March 23, 2021
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Memo: This webinar is going to be viewable on YouTube Live.
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) / Australian National University (ANU)
  • Contact: Ms. Takekawa, Conference Section
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Program

Opening remarks

YANO Makoto (Chairman, RIETI)

Panel 1: Global economic governance and the digital economy

Panelists (Alphabetical order)

Wendy CUTLER (Vice President and Managing Director, Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute)

Yiping HUANG (Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean, National School of Development (NSD) and Director, Institute of Digital Finance (IDF), Peking University)

Bilahari KAUSIKAN (Chairman, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore)

Moderator

WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)

Break

Panel 2: An Asia-Pacific Digital Economy Governance Regime

Panelists (Alphabetical order)

Deborah ELMS (Founder and Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre)

Peter LOVELOCK (Director, Technology Research Project Corporate)

Joshua Paul MELTZER (Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution)

Rebecca Fatima STA MARIA (Executive Director, APEC Secretariat, Singapore)

Moderator

Shiro Patrick ARMSTRONG (Visiting Scholar,RIETI / Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; Director, Australia-Japan Research Centre; Director, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research)

Closing session

Panelists

Yiping HUANG (Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean, National School of Development (NSD) and Director, Institute of Digital Finance (IDF), Peking University)

Bilahari KAUSIKAN (Chairman, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore)

Rebecca Fatima STA MARIA (Executive Director, APEC Secretariat, Singapore)

WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)

Moderator

Shiro Patrick ARMSTRONG (Visiting Scholar,RIETI / Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; Director, Australia-Japan Research Centre; Director, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research)

*Agenda is subject to change