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Production Networks and Changing Trade and Investment Patterns:
The Economic Emergence of China and India and Implications for Asia and Singapore


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Workshop Programme
Updated on 25 August 2006.

Day 0

18:30 – 21:00  Welcome reception and dinner
                           (for the  invited only)


Day 1

8:15 – 8:30      Registration

8:30 – 8:45      Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:00     Opening Speech by Guest of Honour

                          Mr. Heng Swee Keat
                          Managing Director
                          Monetary Authority of Singapore

9:00 – 9:15      Coffee Break

9:15 – 11:00   Session 1: Understanding the Implications of
                          Production Fragmentation and Outsourcing for Asia and the
                          Global Economy

Chair: Parkash Chander, National University of Singapore

Paper 1: “Production Fragmentation and Outsourcing: General Concerns", Ronald Jones, Rochester University

Paper 2: "Offshore Outsourcing: Implications for Asia and the Global Economy", Devashish Mitra, Syracuse University

Commentators: Basant Kapur, NUS and Hoon Hian Teck, Singapore Management University


11:00 – 11:15  Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45  Session 2: Role of China and  India in Production 
                           Fragmentation and Outsourcing

Chair: Tilak Abeysinghe, National University of Singapore

Paper 1: "Manufacturing Fragmentation and the Emergence of China as a Trading Nation", Sarah Tong, National University of Singapore

Paper 2: "India and Services Outsourcing in Asia: Trends, Prospects, and Implications", Rupa Chanda, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Commentators: Tan Kong Yam, Nanyang Technological University and Mukul Asher, National University of Singapore


12:45 – 14:15   Lunch 

14:15 – 15:45   Session 3: Implications of Production Fragmentation for Global
                            and Regional Labour Markets

Chair: Anthony Chin, National University of Singapore

Paper 1: “Offshoring and Offshore Outsourcing: Extent and Impact on Labour Markets in Origin and Recipient Countries”, Jacob F. Kirkegaard, Institute for International Economics

Paper 2: “Outsourcing and Fragmentation in Singapore Manufacturing Industry: Implications on the Labour Market“, Toh Mun Heng and Shandre M. Thangavelu, National University of Singapore 

Commentators:  Wong Wei Kang, National University of Singapore and Ng Wai Choong, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore 


15:45 – 16:00   Coffee Break 

16:00 – 17:45   Session 4: Implications of Production Fragmentation for
                            Regional Integration

Chair: Yeoh Lam Keong, Government Investment Corporation, Singapore

Paper 1: “Managing the Noodle Bowl: The Fragility of East Asian Regionalism”, Richard Baldwin, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva Switzerland

Paper 2: "Role of China in Regional Integration", Tan Kim Song, Singapore Management University and Khor Hoe Ee, Monetary Authority of Singapore 

Commentators: Peter Wilson, National University of Singapore; Omkar Goswami, CERG Advisory Pte Ltd, India and Mohamed Ariff, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research


18:30 - 21:00   Dinner
                           (for the invited only)


Day 2

9:00 – 10:30    Session 5: Macroeconomic Implications of Production
                           Fragmentation and Outsourcing

Chair: Khor Hoe Ee, Assistant MD, Monetary Authority of Singapore

Paper 1: “Cross Border Production Networks and the Open Economy”, Sven Arndt, Claremont McKenna College

Paper 2: "Exchange Rate Volatility and MNCs’ Production and Distribution Networks: The Case of Japanese Manufacturing MNCs", Shujiro Urata, Waseda University

Commentators: Ho Kong Weng, Nanyang Technological University and Charles Adams, LKY School of Public Policy, NUS


10:30 – 10:45   Coffee Break               

10:45 – 12:30   Session 6: China and India Growth, Trade and
                            Global Implications

Chair: Arun Mahizhnan, Institute of Policy Studies

Paper 1: "Dancing with Giants:  China, India, and the Global Economy", L. Alan Winters, World Bank

Paper  2: Trade Impacts of Accelerated Growth in China and India, Will Martin, World Bank

Commentators: Suman Bery, National Council of Applied Economic Research, India; Soogil Young, National Strategy Institute, Korea; and Zhang Yuyan, Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


12:30 – 14:00   Lunch Talk: "An East Asian Renaissance" by Homi
                            Kharas/Indermit Gill, World Bank
Venue: Guild House, NUS

Chair: Ravi Menon, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Singapore


14:15 – 15:45   Session 7: China, India, and the International Financial System

Chair: Nadeem Haque, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Paper  1: "The International Financial Integration of China and India", Sergio Schmukler, World Bank

Paper  2: "Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender: Does China's Zero Net Foreign Asset Position Make Economic Sense?", David Dollar, World Bank

Commentators: Takatoshi Ito, Tokyo University and Laura Kodres, International Monetary Fund


15:45 – 16:00   Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30   Session 8: The Economic Rise of China and India: 
                            Regional Impacts

Chair: Yukon Huang, World Bank

Paper 1: "The Impact of China and India on Other Regions: The Latin American Experience", Guillermo Perry et al, World Bank

Paper 2: “Africa-Asia: Trade and Investment Links”, Harry Broadman, World Bank

Commentators: Peter Drysdale, Australian National University and Rajiv Kumar, Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER),


17:30 – 18:00   Closing Remarks



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