Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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


     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;

Examining the Global Rise of Women's Economic Empowerment Through Recent Developments in WTO and APEC


     For the first time in their collective history, the members and observers of the World Trade Organization, gathered at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference held this past December in Buenos Aires, Argentina, endorsed a program aimed at increasing women's participation in trade. The "Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade" is intended to contribute to the fulfillment of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, the fifth of which is gender equality.

     Canada, Iceland and Sierra Leone led the push to pass the Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade, which gained the support of a large majority of WTO members. Under the declaration, member countries agreed to analyze their national policies from the perspective of gender, and to search for ways to increase women's participation in the global economy. Members also undertook to ensure that trade-related assistance focuses more on its implications for women, and to report their progress on these fronts in 2019.

Implications for the Promotion of Sustainable and Inclusive Growth at APEC 2018


     As Papua New Guinea hosts APEC for the first time this year, APEC member economies are conducting in-depth discussions on a group of priority issues in order to plan their works for the year. Under the theme of "Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future," APEC
this year has for the first time elevated the internet and digital economy to a central topic, and has linked it together with the issue of inclusive growth which emerged as a focus in APEC 2017. This annual theme reflects the organization's continued promotion of the APEC Leaders' Growth Strategy
of 2010, as well as its expansion under the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth (2015) in support of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and other overarching initiatives.
     Prompted by the central themes of inclusion and the internet economy, APEC 2018 has defined three main priority areas, namely "improving connectivity and deepening regional economic integration," "promoting inclusive and sustainable growth," and "strengthening economic growth
through structural reform." These priorities together reflect Papua New Guinea's promotion of plans for connectivity and structural reforms that can further regional cooperation on the core goal of inclusive and sustainable growth.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Prospects for Trump's Trade Policy in 2018


     This past January, numerous global leaders and business elites gathered at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, to share their insights on global economic trends.

     Among the various subjects of media attention, US President Donald Trump's speech no doubt drew the most press, given that US trade policy under his administration has been seen as one of the crucial factors affecting global economic stability.

     Indeed, since his inauguration in January 2017, international society has been haunted by the gloomy prospect of an upcoming "trade war," together with anxiety over the uncertainty surrounding Trump's trade policy.

     As advocates of globalization and liberal economists fretted about the possible consequences of Trump's economic nationalist rhetoric and his apparent "anti-globalization" proclivities, these supporters of free trade applauded Chinese President Xi Jinping in Davos last year when he delivered
remarks firmly defending economic globalization. Xi framed himself as a savior of market mechanisms and global free trade, and positioned China as the last guardian of the existing global economic order.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The state must help athletes to transition

Gary Chen
     The Taipei Summer Universiade’s conclusion is a reminder that young athletes must consider what their professional career will be after their competitive career ends. Not too far down the road, they will need adequate professional skills to build a second career.
     Youth employability has been one of the main focuses of APEC. During last year’s APEC education ministerial meeting, the topics included how best to address rapid social change.

Moving forward despite of protectionist turbulence

Eric Chiou

    The year of 2017, from various perspectives, can be viewed as a critical test for the development of regional integration in the Asia-Pacific. Although numerous challenges have appeared and, to different extents, obstructed the further progress of regional integration in the area, the fact shows that the determination of most countries in the Asia-Pacific region to continue deepening regional economic integration has not been wavered. The most significant evidence is that the Declaration of the 2017 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting has indicated no sign of retreating back from APEC’s consistent commitment on facilitating a free and open regional environment.

APEC 2017 Outcomes and Looking Forward

Wayne Chen

After 10 years, Vietnam again hosted APEC in 2017 and held the Summit in Da Nang in November. Under the theme of Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future, 4 priority areas were identified, namely, 1) Fostering Sustainable, Innovative and Inclusive Growth; 2) Deepening Regional Economic Integration; 3) Strengthening MSMEs’ Competitiveness and Innovation in the Digital Age, and; 4) Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change.

Inclusive Growth Agenda for the Asia-Pacific Region

   The Asia-Pacific region is increasingly becoming the center of the global economy, driving world economic growth. However, structural changes in the economy and industry caused by the Global Financial Crisis have slowed regional economies efforts to resolve adverse issues hindering quality

     Economies in the region have been seeking feasible policy measures to promote inclusive growth. This means economic growth that promotes opportunities equally throughout society and distributes the benefits of increased prosperity in monetary and non-monetary terms more equitably.

     Inclusive growth should develop in concert with overall economic growth so that the two can benefit from a synergistic effect. If the two diverge, there is a risk that only a select few ends up enjoying the benefits of faster growth resulting in undesirable outcomes including increased social 
tensions undermining the consensus for solid growth strategies.