Past Event

EU-Asia trade and investment connectivity

The Asia Europe Economic Forum (AEEF) was established in 2006 as a high level forum for in-depth research-based exchanges on global issues between Asian and European policy makers and experts. This year, the AEEF will be hosted by Bertelsmann Stiftung on 28-29 November, 2019 in Berlin, Germany, and it will focus on “EU-Asia trade and investment connectivity”.

Date: Nov 28 - 29, 2019 Topic: Global Economics & Governance

AEEF at a glance

The Asia Europe Economic Forum (AEEF) was established in 2006 as a high level forum for in-depth research-based exchanges on global issues between Asian and European policy makers and experts. In 2018 the AEEF partners were invited by Bruegel, the Brussels-based economics think-tank, to hold the forum as an official side-event of the 12th Summit of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM12) on 17-18 October in Brussels, Belgium. This year, the AEEF will be hosted by Bertelsmann Stiftung on 28-29 November, 2019 in Berlin, Germany, and it will focus on “EU-Asia trade and investment connectivity”.

The event is organised by this year’s local host, Bertelsmann Stiftung, together with the Asian Development Bank Institute, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) and Shanghai Jiaotong University on the Asian side; Bruegel and CEPII on the European side, with the contribution of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in Singapore.

Schedule

Nov 28, 2019

09:00 – 09:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 – 09:45

OPENING REMARKS

Andreas Esche, Director Programe Megatrends, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Guntram B. Wolff, Director

09:45 – 10:30

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Chair: Andreas Esche, Director Programe Megatrends, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Aart de Geus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann Stiftung

10:30 – 10:45

Group photo

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee and tea break

PART I: FACT FINDING MISSION – CURRENT DRIVERS OF EU-ASIA CONNECTIVITY

11:15 – 12:45

Countering Trump and Brexit: EU-Asia trade and investment connectivity in times of increasing economic insecurity and its macroeconomic implications

Chair: He Fan, Professor, Peking University

Suman Bery, Non-Resident Fellow

Jing Gu, Director, Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development, Institute of Developmental Studies, University of Cambridge

Christian Kastrop, Director of the Policy Studies Branch at the Economics Department , OECD.

Sung-Hoon Park, Professor, Korea University

12:45 – 13:45

Lunch

13:45 – 15:15

Between cooperation and competition – EU-Asia connectivity in the era of the 4th industrial revolution

Chair: John Beirne, Research Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

Alessia Amighini, Co-head, Asia Center, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

Nicolaus Heinen, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy / Chief of Staff, Deutsche Börse

Cheonsik Woo, Korea Development Institute

Liqing Zhang, Dean, School of Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE)

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee and tea break

15:45 – 17:15

Economic benefits vs. political concerns – EU-Asia investment connectivity in times of rising protectionism

Chair: Chung Chul, Vice President, KIEP

Alicia García-Herrero, Senior Fellow

Dong-Hee Joe, Associate Research Fellow, KIEP

Cora Jungbluth, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Xin Yuan, Representative to Europe at Shenzhen European Office

17:30 – 18:30

AEEF Partners’ Meeting

closed door

19:00 – 21:30

DINNER

Nov 29, 2019

09:00 – 09.30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 – 09:35

WELCOME AND WRAP-UP DAY 1

Andreas Esche, Director Programe Megatrends, Bertelsmann Stiftung

09:35 – 10:15

Macroeconomic implications of demographic change in the EU and Asia

Chair: John Beirne, Research Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

Thieß Peterson, Senior Advisor, Megatrends Program, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee and tea break

Part II: The EU and Multilateralism – Implications for EU-Asia connectivity

10:30 – 11:30

Partner and competitor? The role of EU-China relations in global multilateralism

Chair: Alicia García-Herrero, Senior Fellow

Jean Pisani-Ferry, Senior Fellow

Ken Wu, Ambassador of China to Germany

11:30 – 12:30

Which way forward? EU-Asian trade and investment connectivity in times of global disruption

Chair: Guntram B. Wolff, Director

Gao Haihong, Professor and Director for Research Center for International Finance, IWEP-CASS

Sébastien Jean, Director, CEPII

12:30 – 12:45

FINAL REMARKS

Yannick Bineau, Director of the Governance and Economy Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

12:45 – 13:30

Lunch

Speakers

Aart de Geus

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Guntram B. Wolff

Director

He Fan

Professor, Peking University

Alessia Amighini

Co-head, Asia Center, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

John Beirne

Research Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

Nicolaus Heinen

Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy / Chief of Staff, Deutsche Börse

Jae-Young Lee

President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)

Cora Jungbluth

Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Alicia García-Herrero

Senior Fellow

Xin Yuan

Representative to Europe at Shenzhen European Office

Andreas Esche

Director Programe Megatrends, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Ken Wu

Ambassador of China to Germany

Sébastien Jean

Director, CEPII

Amb. Karsten Warnecke

Executive Director, ASEF

Location & Contact

Bertelsmann Representative Office, Unter den Linden 1, 10117 Berlin

Katja Knezevic

katja.knezevic@bruegel.org

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