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Monday, December 10, 2018

APEC’s New Priority: An Asia-Pacific Digital Vision

 Chien-Fu Lin      
 
    Over its nearly three-decade lifespan, APEC has served an important role in promoting regional development. But with the APEC Bogor Goals set to expire in 2020, we must think about how to make APEC relevant for the challenges of the decades ahead. It is firmly believed that the priority areas for cooperation in APEC’s post-2020 vision should focus on the fields which can help us maintain and drive economic growth into the future.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The 2018 IeSF ESports World Championship Will Take Place in Kaohsiung


 Gary Chen

    The International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) has announced that Taiwan’s port city Kaohsiung will host the 10th ESports World Championship in 2018. The 2018 ESports World Championship is scheduled to take place at the Kaohsiung Arena (K-Arena) from November 9 to 11 and is expected to surpass all previous championships in scale with hundreds of players, officials, and press representatives from over fifty different economies expected to attend.

Seeking to Join CPTPP is Critical for the Economy of Taiwan


Darson Chiu
    For most economies, trade is an essential engine for creating job opportunities, acquiring technologies, and offering consumers more options. And free trade, as the elimination of trade barriers, can fine tune the game of comparative advantage in international trade. Under free trade, overall economic welfare can be maximized and resources can be optimally allocated. Free trade, in short, offers a fair chance to compete.
    On this playing field, more competitive industries will inevitably emerge on top, and more vulnerable sectors will lose out. Free trade can also bring in outside competition, which can have severe negative effects on unprotected domestic industries over the short run. But over the long run, this added competition can help make certain industries more healthy and resilient. As a result, free trade can ultimately help promote economic growth.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summary of Activities, Findings and Recommendations from the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Public and Private Partnership to Reduce Food Losses and Waste for a Sustainable APEC Food System

Council of Agriculture

1. We, the high level representatives of APEC member economies in attendance at the APEC High  Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Public and Private Partnership to Reduce Food Losses and    Waste for a Sustainable APEC Food System, held in Taipei from June 14 to 15, 2018, acknowledging the urgent need to reduce food losses and waste (FLW) in the supply chain to achieve food security and a sustainable food system, hereby: (I) recognize the activities conducted under APEC Multi-Year Project APEC MYP SCE 02 2013A to reduce FLW; (II) summarize the findings of these activities; and (III) encourage APEC member economies to adopt the following recommendations derived from these activities and findings, as listed in the corresponding sections below.


A General Comparison of National e-sports Policies

Gary Chen

     As physical and social environments continue to change, popular sports and recreational preferences have reached a point of transition, as the increasing degree of immersion in video gaming allowed by technological advancement has paved the way for a gradual shift in public perception of
video games. Moreover, innovations in communications technologies have forced the individuals and organizations involved in the gaming industry to formulate new legal definitions of gaming and prepare for new challenges.
       

Formation of APEC’s Post-2020 Vision: Observations from SOM2 2018

Linda Liu

     As the 2020 deadline for the Bogor Goals approaches, APEC has been seeking to map out its future vision, including through specialized group discussions at the second APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM2) in 2018, held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from May 14 to 24. This article
will outline some observations and thoughts on meetings of the first APEC Vision Group (AVG1) and of the related SOM Steering Group (SSG) on APEC's Post-2020 Vision.

APEC Charting a Course Through Global Trade Turbulence

Eric Chiou
   
     Amid the recent escalation of trade tensions in the global economy, the APEC Trade Ministers Meeting held in late May achieved significant and fruitful results, showing that APEC remains  esilient and is determined to serve as a rudder for its members to safely sail through the billows of global trade turbulence.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Summary Report: 2017 International Conference on Women and Sport - APEC Sports Policy Network (ASPN)

Gary.Chen

     The "2017 International Conference on Women and Sport" organized by Chinese Taipei was held in Taipei on October 12, 2017, and was attended by 15 government sports officials, experts and athletes from 10 APEC member economies.
     
     The invited speakers included Ms. Natalya Sipovich, chairwoman of the Women and Sports Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA); Ms. Vickie Saunders, founder of The Sponsorship Consultants; Ms. Catherine Raper, Representative of the Australian Office, Taipei; Dr. Andi Rahman, head of International Relations at the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports; Dr. Yoriko Noguchi, head of International Relations at the Japan Sport Council; Ms. Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid, deputy secretary-general of the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports; Ms. Sharon Wee, director and co-founder of Sport Warrior Global; Ms. Janet Gimots, director of the National Sports Institute of Papua New Guinea; Ms. Celia H. Kiram, commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission; Ms. Peggy Tng, deputy director of the Singapore Sports Institute, Prof. Supitr Samahito, member of the OCA Women and Sports Committee; and Ms. Le Thi Hoang Yen, deputy director-general of the Vietnam Sports Administration. The speakers from Chinese Taipei included  Dr. Yu-Hsien Tseng of National Taiwan University;