On November 23, 2010, Kurt Tong, Economic Coordinator and U.S. Senior Official for APEC, presented a talk titled "The US in Asia: APEC and President Obama's Trip". During his talk, Mr. Tong discussed the direction of trans-pacific economic relations, offering insight into cooperation between the U.S. and Asia.
On November 9, 2010, Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, Singapore's Ambassador to the United States, paid visit to Brandeis IBS under the auspices of the Asia-Pacific Center for Economics and Business. Participating in a discussion with students on the HBS case "Remaking Singapore," Ambassador Chan emphasized the role education plays in maintaining a healthy and growing economy. Read More
On April 27, 2010, Barbara Weisel, Assistant US Trade Representative, presented a talk on Trans-Pacific Partnerships and US trade policy to students in Econ 260 and later held a lunch talk. Weisel is the chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, potentially an eight-country Free Trade Agreement spanning economies on both sides of the Pacific.
In September of 2009, the Asia-Pacific Center for Economics and Business at Brandeis IBS hosted the Honorable Fu Ziying, China's Vice Minister of Commerce. In an engaging academic exchange, the Honorable Fu Ziying called for a cooperative approach towards tackling pressing global issues including poverty reduction, climate change, and bilateral trade. The most senior Chinese official to ever visit Brandeis, his rare visit occurred one day prior to the start of G-20 meetings in Pittsburgh. Read More
In October of 2008 The Asia-Pacific Center for Economics and Business at Brandeis IBS held a Conference on: FDI, Technology Spillovers, and East Asian FTAs at the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. The conference focused on rapid industrial development, supported by technology spillovers associated with foreign direct investment, which have led to the growth of East Asian economies in the past decade. East Asia is quickly moving up the value chain in the global manufacturing industry. The goal of this conference was to deepen our understanding of East Asian interdependence through further technological cooperation.