Seminar on Economic Partnership Agreements and
their influences on Sea Trade
Date & Time Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 14:30~18:15
Venue Ascot Hall, HOTEL OKURA TOKYO, Japan
Participants 151

It is broadly recognized that the prospects for a compromise in multilateral trade negotiations at the WTO that aims at global free trade are still far from certain, due to confrontation in the fields of agricultural and non-agricultural products between developed countries and developing countries. Accordingly, as a complementary to the WTO’s function, there are growing movements to conclude Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and/or Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) between and among many countries of the world.

With respect to Japan, the government has concluded thirteen agreements with other countries/region since 2002. Furthermore, at present, the government is putting forward negotiations in such areas as Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and is examining possibilities of participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), while finally aiming at the realization of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). Public interests towards these efforts of the government are increasing year by year as they are expected to add to further enhancement of the national economy.

Even in the participating countries with Japan, it is expected that their national economies will further thrive as well, especially in the field of international shipping, where further opportunities of business are expected due to the increase in world cargo movements. In order to provide a forum to share fundamental information on the significance of regional EPAs and their influences to the World Economy and International Shipping, JITI held this seminar with four high-level experts from two universities, the Japanese government and ASEAN Secretariat in commemoration of the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

In this seminar, the outcome from the ‘Committee on Evaluation of Influence by Conclusions of Various Regional EPAs to the World Economy and International Shipping’, which was established by JITI, was also reported. Each couple of lecturers was followed by Q&A sessions, in which both lecturers actively discussed such points as the future schedule toward completing the ASEAN Economic Community and how to deal with non-tariff barriers against service trades in the above mentioned evaluation of influence.

Opening Remarks Mr Makoto Washizu, President of JITI
Mr Yorizumi WATANABE
Professor of International Political Economy Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Lecturers Mr Subash Bose PVC Pillai
Director, Market Integration, ASEAN Economic Community,
ASEAN Secretariat
Mr Yukio KATO
Deputy-Director General, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan (MLIT)
Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Nagoya City University
(Chairman of the Committee on Evaluation of Influence by Conclusions of Various Regional EPAs to the World Economy and International Shipping)
Q&A session1 for Mr Subash and Mr Watanabe
Q&A session2 for Mr Itakura and Mr Kato

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