APEC 2015 Study Centers Consortium Conference held in Boracay, Philippines, hosted by PIDS and PASCN in partnership with ADMU and ADB Institute

May 21, 2015
Ranelle Jasmin L. Asi (original author), edited by Dino Saplala

The APEC Study Centers Consortium (ASCC) Conference for 2015 was held at the Crown Regency Resort & Convention Center in Boracay Island, Aklan last May 12-13. The ASCC 2015 Conference, which was part of the APEC 2015 Second Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM 2) and Related Meetings, was hosted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN) with Ateneo de Manila University and Asian Development Bank Institute as partners. The theme for APEC 2015 is "Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World", which stemmed from the idea of promoting the advancement of inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific economies.

Photo by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Welcome remarks for the event were given by Dr. Erlinda Medalla, PASCN Project Director and Vice-Chair for ASCC 2015. Opening remarks were also delivered by Dr. Fernando Aldaba, Dean of the School of Social Sciences from Ateneo de Manila University, Dr. Bokhwan Yu, Deputy Dean of Asian Development Bank Institute, and Dr. Alan Bollard (represented by Dr. Akhmad Bayhaqi), Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat. Keynote speakers included National Economic and Development Authority Deputy Director-General for Investment Programming Rolando Tungpalan for the first day and Ateneo de Manila University President Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin for the second day.

The conference consisted of six sessions which mainly focused on enhancing the regional economic integration. Topics focused on are: Pathways to FTAAP, Connectivity through Services, Trade and Investment Patterns and Supply Chain Connectivity, Fostering SME’s Participation in Regional and Global Economy, Investing in Human Capital Development, and Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities. The first five sessions were held during the first day while the last session was held on the second day.

Ateneo de Manila University had three speakers who presented their research papers, Dr. Marissa Maricosa Paderon ("Has ASEAN Regional Cooperation Changed its Concentration of Trade with APEC?"), Dr. Alvin Ang ("Developing and Implementing a Local Economic Development and Competitiveness Indicators System for SME Locators"), and Dr. Leonardo Lanzona Jr. ("Social Enterprises, Employment, and Community Sustainability"), with Dr. Joseph Anthony Lim as chair for the fifth session. ASCC 2015 ended with a wrap-up session led by Dr. Medalla and with the ASCC and PASCN Business Meetings.

For more photos and details about the conference, click on the ASCC 2015 Conference website.
More photos are also in the official Facebook pages of APEC 2015 and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (day 1 and day 2).