EU-Asia trade relations have deepened
considerably in the last decade and the two continents are set on the
path to further economic integration as Europe-Asian trade is
increasing at an unprecedented pace. What is more, the European Union
is currently investigating the prospects for starting new negotiations
over Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with a number of countries in Asia.
Thus, the ten member countries in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian
Nations) are currently discussing with the EU the framework of a
possible trade agreement.
What are the prospects for an EU-ASEAN Free
Trade Agreement: will it lead to substantial changes in bilateral (or
regional) trade relations? How does such an FTA interplay with broader
trade strategies in Europe and Southeast Asia? What is the broad trade
strategy encompassing Southeast Asia today? What are likely to become
the main problems?
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to
a seminar on EU-Asia trade relations with Dr. Mari Pangestu, the
Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, as the key-note
speaker. Dr. Pangestu has for long been a leading thinker on trade
policies in East Asia, and she now plays a major role in shaping
Southeast Asian trade policies