2018 APEC Study Centres Consortium Conference: Progressive Updates


Approximately 100 researchers, practitioners, and policy makers will attend the 2018 APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference (ASCCC) from 14 to 15 May 2018 at the newly refurbished International Convention Centre (ICC) in Port Moresby. The Conference will be held during the scheduled period for the APEC Senior Officials Meeting 2 (SOM2) from 14-24 May 2018.

The 2018 ASCCC will be hosted by The PNG APEC Study Centre (PNG ASC) located at PNG’s leading public-policy think-tank, The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI), in collaboration with the PNG APEC Secretariat and the PNG APEC Co-ordination Authority.

The two-day conference will generate new ideas and intellectual debate using current evidence-based research and analysis which will support the policy agenda for APEC 2018 in Papua New Guinea, which will culminate with the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November 2018.

The conference theme, ‘Harnessing Inclusive Growth in an increasingly connected region’ has four sub-themes:

  • Regional economic integration and connectivity;
  • Structural reform and competition;
  • Digitalisation; and
  • Innovation and technology.

The PNG ASC Manager, Mr Ravu Verenagi, said over 70 submissions were received and assessed after calling for expressions of interest earlier this year.

“We’ve been delighted by the level of international and domestic interest in presenting research, best practice and policy at the conference from across both the public and private sectors. We’ve selected 27 papers covering emerging and traditional aspects of regional economic integration and connectivity, structural reform and competition, digitization, and innovation and technology,” Verenagi said.

Mr Verenagi stated that nine PNG-based presenters will share their insights, research and analysis directly relevant to policy making to improve economic prospects and broader development aspirations in PNG.

The conference will be the first significant milestone for the PNG ASC at PNG NRI which will continue to support long-term development of regional partnerships and facilitate evidence-based research and public policy dialogue, in support of PNG’s involvement in APEC.

APEC Study Centres (ASCs) are institutions that foster research and academic debate with the aim of supporting APEC’s primary goal of promoting sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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