Symposium on APEC
Jointly organized by the Government of Japan and ABAC Japan

May 19, 2003

    APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) activities are strongly supported by business people. APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), composed of prominent business people from APEC economies, is actively working for that purpose.

    From 13 to 16 May, 2003, ABAC meeting was held in Tokyo. On that occasion, the Government of Japan and ABAC Japan organized a symposium on APEC.

    Details are as follows:

1. Organizers

The Government of Japan (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and ABAC Japan

2. Date and Time

Friday, 16th May, 2003, 14:00 - 18:00

3. Venue

New Takanawa Prince Hotel, Kokusai-kan Pamir, Room "Zuiko" and "Kyokkou", Tokyo, Japan

4. Issues

14:00 Welcome Remarks by Mr. Tasuku TAKAGAKI, ABAC Japan (Senior Advisor, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi) and Mr. Eisuke HINODE, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan at Zuiko Room

(1) Session 1 (14:15-16:00, at Kyokko)

Role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) for the social and economic development of the APEC region at Kyokko Room

  • Mr. Nobuhiko KAWAMOTO, ABAC Japan, Director and Advisor, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Moderator: Mr. Hideo NAKOSHI, Attorney at Law, Patent Attorney
  • Mr. Hisamitsu ARAI, Secretary General, Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Secretariat, Japan
  • Mr. Hugh L. STEPHENS, Senior Vice President, International Relations & Strategic Policy (Asia-Pacific), AOL Time Warner Inc. (USA)
  • Mr. Bodin ASAVANICH, Secretary General, Federation of Thai Industries, Thailand
  • Dr. Botaro HIROSAKI, Associate Senior Vice President and Executive General Manager, Intellectual Asset Operations Unit, NEC Corporation

(2) Session 2 (14:15-16:00, at Zuiko)

Regional Financial Cooperation (including Chiang Mai Initiative and Asian Bond Market) at Zuiko Room

  • Moderator: Dr. Naoyuki YOSHINO, Professor of Economics, Keio University
  • Mr. Naoyuki SHINOHARA, Deputy Director-General, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan
  • Dr. Jae-Ha PARK, Senior Fellow, Korea Institute of Finance, Korea
  • Mr. THIRACHAI Phuvanat naranubala, Deputy Governor, Bank of Thailand, Thailand
  • Mr. Masato MIYACHI, Senior Advisor, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Dr. KANIT Sangsubhan, Director of Policy Research Institute, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance, Thailand

(3) Session 3 (16:15-17:50)

Desirable future of FTAs (Free Trade Agreements)/EPAs (Economic Partnership Agreements) for World Economy

  • Mr. Noriyuki YONEMURA, ABAC Japan, Senior Vice President, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
  • Moderator: Dr. Shujiro URATA, Professor of Economics, Waseda University, Japan
  • H.E. Mr. CHEW Tai Soo, Ambassador of Singapore to Japan, Singapore
  • H.E. Mr. Carlos DE ICAZA, Ambassador of Mexico to Japan, Mexico
  • Mr. Yukio SHOTOKU, Managing Director, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd, Japan
  • Dr. Christopher FINDLAY, Australian National University, Australia

5. Participants

Government officials, business representatives, academics, etc., from APEC economies

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