Friday, June 01, 2018

EFN Asia 67, Program of Conf 2006, KL

I rediscovered this while cleaning my inbox of old emails. I remember very well that conference because (a) it was my first time to go to Malaysia, (b) a day before there was a one-day forum by Atlas also on trade and I was one of the presenters, and (c) the subject of unilateral liberalization was articulated by several speakers like Aco Patunru (Indonesia) and Barun Mitra (India).

Here's the program 12 years ago.

Economic Freedom Network Asia Conference 2006

Preferential Trade Agreements
Local solutions for global free trade?

12th - 13th September 2006
Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Welcoming address

Mohamed Ariff
Executive Director, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort 
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors
Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Berlin, Germany

Mark Mullins
Executive Director, Fraser Institute
Vancouver, Canada

Opening address

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Malaysian Institute of Economic Research
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Introduction of Conference procedure
Mohit Satyanand

Session 1: Models of Preferential Trade Agreements

“The European Union’s Strategies and Priorities”

Thierry Rommel
Ambassador and Head of Delegation
Delegation of the European Commission to Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“US Strategies and Priorities”
Colin Helmer
Counselor of Economic Affairs
Embassy of the United States of America
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“International Models of Bilateral Free Trade Agreements”

Christopher Dent
Senior Lecturer
Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom

Session 2: Impacts of Preferential Trade Agreements in Asia

“The Impact of Bilateral Free Trade Agreements on Human Development in Asia”

Swarnim Wagle
Programme Specialist, UNDP Regional Centre
Colombo, Sri Lanka

“Malaysia and Bilateral Free Trade Agreements”

Mohamed Ariff
Executive Director, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Session 3: Economic Freedom Indicators

“Indicators for Free Trade in Asia. The Economic Freedom of the World Index”

Robert Lawson
Professor, Capital University
Columbus, Ohio, USA.

“Chinese Marketisation Index”

Wang Xiaolu
Deputy Director, National Economic Research Institute
Beijing, China

“Capital Freedom Index”

Feng Xingyuan
Cathay Institute of Public Affairs
Beijing, China

“Chinese Public Governance Indicator”

Mao Yushi
Unirule Institute of Economics
Beijing, China

Session 4: Regional Trade Agreements in Asia

Panel Discussion on the South Asian Free Trade Agreement

Ugen Tschup Dorji
President, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Rajesh Mehta
Senior Fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries
New Delhi, India

Dushni Weerakoon
Deputy Director, Institute of Policy Studies
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Panel Discussion on East Asia Free Trade Area

Kriengsak Chareonwongsak
Member of Parliament and Executive Board Member, Democrat Party
Bangkok, Thailand

Arianto Patunru
Deputy Director, Institute for Economic and Social Research, University of Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia

Young-Han Kim
Professor, Sungkyunkwan University
Seoul, Korea

Session 5: International Perspectives on Regional Trade Blocs

Ricardo Lopez Murphy
Chairman, CĂ­vico-Republicana Foundation
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Andrej Illarionov (requested)
Director, Institute of Economic Analysis
Moscow, Russian Federation

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