A Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Future of the Asia Pacific Region
Conference cohosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)
C. Fred Bergsten, Peterson Institute
Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Noboru Hatakeyama, Japan Economic Foundation
Jeffrey J. Schott, Peterson Institute
Mark Sinclair, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
Barbara Weisel, Assistant US Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
October 25, 2010
Following the October trade talks in Brunei and just prior to the 2010 APEC summit, the Peterson Institute and the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) cohosted the conference "A Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Future of the Asia Pacific Region" on October 25, 2010. The conference aimed to assess the state of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and help promote better understanding of the objectives and prospects for the ongoing TPP talks and for the broader APEC goal of a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP). The TPP is a criticalldy important step towards strengthening economic relationships across the Pacific, reinforcing strategic ties among partner countries, bolstering APEC, and balancing the momentum toward Asia-only economic arrangements.
Senior officials and business leaders from the United States, Japan, and New Zealand, spoke at the conference, including Congressman Kevin Brady; Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Noboru Hatakeyama, Japan Economic Foundation; Mark Sinclair, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand, and Barbara Weisel, Assistant USTR for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, among others. Institute speakers included C. Fred Bergsten and Jeffrey J. Schott.