The PIDS and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) will hold a public symposium on "Economic Integration and Nation Building” on September 21, 2017 at the Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila.

This event is part of the joint publication-cum-outreach initiative of the Philippine Government and ERIA to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year. It aims to enhance the understanding of ASEAN people about the ASEAN Economic Community and East Asia’s economic integration, as well as to generate insights and recommendations on moving AEC and East Asia’s integration into 2025 and beyond.

Ultimately, the objective of the symposium is to let ASEAN people have a better understanding and appreciation of, greater emotional attachment to, and deeper engagement with ASEAN and the region. As part of the event, there will be a series of panel discussion on (1) ASEAN economic integration and nation building; (2) liberalization and good governance toward AEC 2025; (3) facilitation and connectivity as means toward AEC 2025; (4) opportunities and challenges from China and India; and (5) the role of regional comprehensive economic partnership integration. Invited panelists are some of the most prominent academics, researchers, and government officials as well as key ASEAN Secretariat officials.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please contact the PIDS Public Affairs at tel. nos. 877-4016 (Gizelle), 877-4019 (Gwen), or email 


ASEAN: The experiment in open regionalism that succeeded by Peter Drysdale, Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University 

The Philippine New Industrial Strategy: Inclusive, Innovative, and Sustainable by. Asec. Rafaelita Aldaba, DTI

ASEAN Economic Integration and Nation Building: BIMP-EAGA Community and Perspective by Usec. Janet Lopoz, Executive Director, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)

SMEs in ASEAN Economic Integration and Nation-building by Dr. Gilberto Llanto, PIDS President

SESSION A: Towards AEC 2025: Liberalization and Good Governance

Towards AEC 2025: Liberalisation and Good Governance by Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, Senior Policy Fellow, ERIA

Is the Implementation of Non-Tariff Measures  under the AANZFTA Agreement Transparent and Predictable? by Dr. Myrna S. Austria, School of Economics, De La Salle University

SESSION B: Towards AEC 2025: Facilitation and Connectivity

Towards AEC 2025: Facilitation and Connectivity by Ruth Banomyong, Thammasat Business School

Towards AEC 2025: Facilitation and Connectivity by Epictetus E. Patalinghug, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Finance, University of the Philippines

Trade Facilitation Reform in ASEAN by Dionisius Narjoko and Maura Décosterd, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

SESSION C: ASEAN and East Asia Integration: Opportunities and Challenges from China and India

ASEAN at 50: Notes on Opportunities and Challenges from China and India by George Manzano, University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines

SESSION D: ASEAN and East Asia Integration: Role of RCEP

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership by Assistant Secretary Anna Maria Rosario D. Robeniol, Trade Policy and Negotiations, DTI

ASEAN and East Asia Integration:Role of RCEP by Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University

ASEAN and East Asia Integration: The Role of RCEP by Jayant Menon, Lead Economist, Asian Development Bank

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