Trade Overview and Outlook: APEC, RCEP and CPTPP


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Where do things stand on trade and trade agreements? Did anything significant happen at the APEC Summit in New Zealand? Why is AmCham calling on President Biden to announce the U.S. will begin talks to rejoin the CPTPP? What is the environment for trade as the U.S. heads into the 2022 midterm election season? What impact will RCEP have when it starts on January 1? Join AmCham for a virtual panel discussion on November 17 to discuss these important trade topics.

Guest Panelists:

Steven R. Okun, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates
Steve is a leader on corporate public affairs, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement in Asia Pacific, living and working in Singapore since 2003. As a Senior Advisor for McLarty Associates, he advises clients on business issues from a geo-strategic perspective throughout Asia on how to operate at the intersection of business, government, media and stakeholder engagement. His own firm, APAC Advisors, works with firms in the financial services sectors on their sustainability initiatives. He served as KKR’s first Director of Asia Public Affairs from 2011-2017 and as Vice President of Public Affairs for UPS from 2003-2010. Steve was elected three times as Chairman of AmCham Singapore and is in his fourth term as Governor. He previously served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Transportation. Steve is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Channel News Asia and provides regular commentary to The Straits Times in Singapore. He has spoken on political topics a number of times to AmCham Hanoi members and we welcome him back on November 17.

Dr. Deborah Elms, Executive Director of Asian Trade Centre
Deborah is Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore and also serves as a senior fellow in the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s (MTI) Trade Academy. Deborah’s present research involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) negotiations and global value chains. Previously Deborah was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and senior fellow of international political economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She has also provided consulting on a range of trade issues to governments including the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Taiwan, and Singapore. Deborah publishes the Talking Trade Blog and has spoken on trade topics to AmCham Hanoi members in past years.

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