The Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) will hold a Public Symposium on November 23, 2017, 1:00PM-5:00PM at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City. This activity is part of the Asia-Pacific Forum 2017 (APF 2017) on November 23-24, 2017, which has the theme “Integration and Inclusiveness in a Digital Society”. The Asia-Pacific Forum is an annual forum which engages experts, officials, and ex-officials in a dialogue on trade, regional economic integration, and growth strategies in the Asia Pacific.

The Public Symposium will convene eminent scholars and officials from ASEAN+6 countries who will share their insights and recommendations concerning the forum theme. The keynote address will be given by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary, Dr. Ernesto Pernia. There will be three panel sessions on (1) Emerging Populism: Contributing Factors, Impacts, and Countermeasures, (2) Innovation as a Catalyst for Deepening Inclusiveness and Regional Integration?, and (3) People-Centered ASEAN as a Way Forward to Wider Regional Integration. Details of the forum theme and panel topics are explained in the attached program. 

For more information, you may reach PIDS Public Affairs at tel. nos. 877-4019 / 877-4016/ 877-4032 or through email at or



Emerging Populism: Contributing Factors, Impacts, and Countermeasures by Choong Yong Ahn, Chairman, Korea Commission for Corporate Partnership/ Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of International Studies, Chung-Ang University Seoul

Emerging Populism: Impacts and Countermeasures by Yose Rizal Damuri and Mari Pangestu Centre for Strategic and International Studies Jakarta, Indonesia

Emerging Populism: Contributing Factors, Impacts and Countermeasures by Dr. Thomas Aquino, Chairman, NOW Corporation

Populism: The case of Thailand by Nonarit Bisonyabut Thailand Development Research Institute

Paper for the Asia Pacific Forum Manila by Prof. Gary Hawke

Populism; Trade and Integration Challenges by Prabir De


Some Thoughts and Issues on “Innovation as a Catalyst for Deeping Inclusiveness and Regional Integration” by Jose Ramon Albert, Senior Research Fellow, PIDS

Innovation as Catalyst for Inclusive Growth & Regional Integration by Dr. Mignonne Chan Founder & CEO Out of the Box Consultancy

Innovation as a Catalyst for Deepening Inclusiveness and Regional Integration: the Philippine case by Josef T. Yap

ASEAN@50: The 4thIR & Challenges by Dr. Vo Tri Than, CEM, Viet Nam

Complying with the New Trends for a Shared Future by Zhang Yun Ling, Academy Member, Director, International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 


People-centered ASEAN as a Way Forward to the Wider Regional Integration by J.Jayasiri, MITI, Malaysia

“Integration and Inclusiveness in a Digital Society” panel comments by Murray McLean

Comments by Dr. Hank Lim, Singapore Institute for International Affairs

Engendering Economic Inclusion and People-Centeredness in Integrating ASEAN by Ponciano Intal, Jr., Senior Economist, ERIA

Making Integration Count: People, Connectivity, Integration in Myanmar Context by Min Ye Paing Hein

Globalization of Japanese Companies and Inclusive Trade by Tadayuki Nagashima Chief Senior Researcher, JETRO

Comments by Prof. Shujiro Urata, Waseda University and ERIA

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