Seizing the Moment: APEC 2010 and 2011


April 16, 2010, 3:00 AM EDT
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
C. Fred Bergsten (PIIE), Charles D. Lake II (Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; Aflac Japan) and Walter Mondale (Dorsey & Whitney, LLP)

Event Summary

In collaboration with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, the US National Center for APEC, and the Australian National University, the Institute hosted the conference "Seizing the Moment: APEC 2010 and 2011" on April 16, 2010. Former Vice President Walter Mondale and C. Fred Bergsten delivered keynote speeches, followed by two panel discussions involving key US, Japanese, and Australian government officials as well as experts on APEC.

With Japan and the United States hosting the APEC summits in 2010 and 2011 respectively, the conference aimed to provide an opportunity to hold frank talks and work closely to define an agenda that reflects a common vision for promoting continued rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Conference participants also discussed opportunities for APEC to contribute in areas beyond trade such as climate change, counterterrorism, emergency preparedness, and sustainable development.

Event Materials


Welcome and Introductions Walter F. Mondale, Senior Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics


Panel 1: Prospects for APEC's Core Agenda


Moderator Peter Drysdale, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Australian National University
Panelists Wendy Cutler, Assistant US Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, and APEC Affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Shigeru Nakamura, Ambassador to APEC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Jeffrey J. Schott, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Paul Tighe, First Assistant Secretary, Trade and Economic Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia


Panel II: Beyond Trade: APEC's Role in Regional Cooperation on Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Inclusive Growth, and Other Areas


Moderator Norman Y. Mineta, Vice Chairman, Hill & Knowlton; Member of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation Board of Directors
Panelists Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Takashi Omori, Chair of the Economic Committee at APEC and Policy Advisor to the Japanese Cabinet Office

Peter A. Petri, Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance, International Business School, Brandeis University

Kurt Tong, EAP Economic Coordinator; US Senior Official for APEC, US Department of State


Closing Remarks Charles Lake, Vice Chairman, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation & Chairman, Aflac Japan