[AmChams of Asia Pacific] Will 2022 be a Watershed Year for Trade in Asia-Pacific?
Join the AmChams of Asia Pacific on Friday, 22 October 2021 for a special briefing on RCEP and CPTPP by Dr. Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre (ATC).
- RCEP: almost 12 months after this agreement was signed it has yet to go into effect but by 2022 this will change.
- CPTPP: The recent requests by the United Kingdom, China, and Taiwan to join this ‘gold standard’ agreement is set to redefine many aspects of trade.
What does each of these mean separately and together for economies in the Asia Pacific region and for all our member companies.
Date: 22 October 2021
Time: 8:00am – 9:30am (GMT+7) | 9:00am – 10:30am (GMT+8)
Platform: Microsoft Teams
This session is free for AmCham Malaysia Members. If you are a AmCham’s of Asia Pacific (AAP) Member, please indicate the business chamber you are a member of upon registration. Registration is compulsory for all participants.
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Dr. Deborah Elms
Founder & Executive Director of The Asian Trade Centre (ATC), Singapore
Dr Deborah Elms is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre (ATC). She is Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA), Co-Chair of the Trade Policy Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), and also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy.
Previously, Dr Elms was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and Senior Fellow of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Dr. Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University. Dr Elms publishes the Talking Trade Blog.
Sr. Director of McLarty Associates
Ms. Overby joins McLarty Associates with three decades of Asia work, including 21 years living and working in Seoul. Her most recent experience includes eight years leading the US Chamber of Commerce’s Asia team while also serving as President of the US Korea Business Council.
Ms. Overby’s extensive experience helps American companies compete and prosper in Asia. She attended many of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating rounds, often leading the American business delegation to help ensure US firms’ priorities were well understood by the negotiating partners. She oversaw the US Coalition for TPP, an alliance led by the US Chamber, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Farm Bureau and the Emergency Committee for Trade.
In addition, she directed the US Chamber’s APEC efforts, which involved leading the Chamber’s annual delegation together with the National Center for APEC, the US ASEAN Business Coalition and Business Councils.
Ms. Overby’s extensive Asia experience includes working on both high profile trade disputes with our government and our Asian trade partners as well on market access and investment issues throughout the region.
During her 14-year tenure as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, she actively supported efforts towards a bilateral trade agreement that resulted in the successful completion of the US Korea Free Trade Agreement. She then came to Washington DC, where she led the successful US Korea FTA Coalition effort for ratification, which included an extensive US grassroots campaign that ultimately resulted in ratification.
Ms. Overby sits on the board of The Korea Society and the International Student Council, as well as the Korea Economic Institute’s Advisory Council and the US-Asia Institute. She received her BS in Business Administration and Management from the University of Arkansas.