Open Trade Asia Negotiation Simulation

Open Trade Asia Negotiation Simulation

Dates: March 18 & 25, 2017
Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Hosted by the Hong Kong-America Center and the Asia Society Hong Kong with support from the Hinrich Foundation

The open trade system that emerged after the Second World War has been a powerful driver of economic growth. International trade has helped to lift millions of people out of poverty and strengthened more peaceful relations between participating nations.

Skilled trade negotiators and representatives will play critical roles in helping reshape new terms for trade that will impact billions of people around the globe. The task is huge, the challenges are immense and the rewards significant.

Open Trade Asia Negotiation Simulation will give 50 students the opportunity to learn from trade negotiators what goes on behind closed doors, be coached on how to find common ground among countries with very diverse agendas and develop multi-lateral agreements for Trade in Goods & Services and Intellectual Property.

We will have six country teams in the simulation: The USA, Japan, China, India, Vietnam and The Philippines. And each of the six country teams will represent the Trade in Goods & Services (TGS) sector and Intellectual Property (IP) sector.

We are looking for students passionate about or interested in trade who are advanced undergraduates and post-graduates, from any discipline, currently studying at any university in HK.

Agenda for Day 1 - Saturday March 18, 2017
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome remarks
9:15-10:00 Keynote speech by Kurt Tong, US Consul General to Hong Kong & Macau: Open Trade & US-East Asian Relations + Q&A
10:00-10:15 Program outline & experts overview: Process & key considerations regarding the Trade in Goods & Services (TGS) and Intellectual Property (IP) sectors
10:15-11:15 Country team caucuses
11:15-12:00 Trade negotiation basics: From a seasoned trade negotiator, Stephen Olson, Hinrich Foundation Fellow
12:00-12:30 Guest speaker, David Dodwell: Open trade & economic integration in Asia (invited)
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:15 Trade negotiation key strategies: Stephen Olson, Hinrich Foundation Fellow
2:15-3:15 Sector briefings: Group 1 for TGS and Group 2 for IP; convene by experts
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:30 Country team caucuses: Plan country presentations
4:30-5:30 Plenary: Country presentations on negotiation positions, includes Q+A from other country teams & feedback by experts
5:30: Adjourn (country teams may caucus as needed)

Agenda Day 2 - Saturday March 25, 2017
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome remarks
9:15-10:00 Keynote speech by Wendy Cutler, Vice President & Managing Director, Asia Society, Washington, D.C. Negotiating trade agreements – Lessons from the Trans Pacific Partnership
10:00-10:45 Country teams meet: Developing positions & strategies
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Sector negotiations: Group 1 (TGS) and Group 2 (IP)
12:00-12:30 Guest speaker, Patrick Low, Asia Global Institute Fellow (HKU): The role of the WTO in shaping the future of global trade relations (invited)
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Country team caucuses: Formulate national strategy
2:45-3:45 Sector negotiations: Group 1 (TGS) and Group 2 (IP)
3:45-4:45 Plenary: General discussion on proposed agreements and draft of Communique
4:45-5:00 Country teams vote on agreement and affirm the communique
5:00-5:30 Wrap-up: Reflections, evaluation feedback, Certificates & Export Import Certificate course award
5:30 Adjourn; end of program

***Note that registration requires a HK$500 deposit with the HKAC to hold your place. This deposit will be returned to the students in full upon completion of the second day of the program on March 25.***

***Please come pay your HKD500 refundable deposit in cash or mail your check to the following address.***

Hong Kong America Center
Room 503, Esther Lee Building
Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, NT