In September 2019, the University of Auckland’s Public Policy Institute hosted its inaugural Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School (ATEPS). The School launched with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Disruptions and Disruptors:

6-7 September 2019

In September 2019, the University of Auckland’s Public Policy Institute hosted its inaugural Auckland Trade and Economic Policy School (ATEPS). The School launched with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and in partnership with the Ministry’s Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic, Vangelis Vitalis.

ATEPS is positioned to be an annual event on the New Zealand trade and economic calendar, attracting internationally recognised leaders and thinkers on trade and economic policy. It brings together trade experts, exporters, business leaders, diplomats, economists, academics, officials, and local and central government politicians – all with an interest in New Zealand’s trade and economic wellbeing.

It is significant that the School takes places in Auckland – the country’s economic powerhouse, contributing 38% of the nation’s GDP and home to many of the service industries that support the country’s exporters and importers.

Hosted by the University’s Public Policy Institute at the Fale Pasifika, ATEPS offers a unique opportunity for attendees to focus on trade and economic policy, hear from contemporary thinkers and leaders, listen to diverse panel discussions, and question and debate the trade outlook for New Zealand, the Asia Pacific, and the world.

ATEPS 2019 began on Friday 6 September with a panel discussion featuring a mix of international and local experts, and an opening address from Trade and Export Growth Minister, the Hon David Parker. The day concluded with a reception for all attendees. On Saturday 7 September, attendees heard from six international speakers, and had the benefit of a second panel discussion with local and international experts.

Formal Opening: Michael Steedman and Stuart McCutcheon

Panel Discussion: ‘Beyond Disruptions and Disruptors: Is there a way forward?’

Keynote Speech: Hon David Parker

Richard Baldwin: ‘The challenge of new technologies to international trade’

Mari Pangestu: ‘Disruptions in the Multilateral Trading System and Regional Responses’

Jianping Zhang: ‘China, the WTO and the Futre of Asia-Pacific Trade’

Fukunari Kimura: ‘Onshore or Offshore? Value Chains in the Digital Age’

Panel Discussion 2: ‘Can Trade Be for All?’

Sherry Stephenson: ‘Services Trade Meets the Digital Economy’

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama: ‘Where Is the Digital Economy Going?’

 

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