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Open Trade Asia Negotiation Simulation – Manila 2017

The Hinrich Foundation and Asia Society Philippines, in collaboration with the Philippine Young Entrepreneurs Association and in partnership with De La Salle University present the 2nd Open Trade Asia Negotiation Simulation to be held September 6, 2017 at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines.

110 young entrepreneurs and professionals from the ASEAN region and China will participate in this one-day trade negotiation simulation which aims to advance the awareness of – and thinking on ways to advance – ASEAN’s goal of harmonizing, improving, and integrating economic activities in the ASEAN community.

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established in 1967 to promote economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the Southeast Asian region through intraregional cooperation and establishing ties with the global economic community. ASEAN, a diverse and competitive region comprised of 10 Member States and located at the center of the Asia Pacific region, continues to play a significant role in global trade and international relations.

The region, through the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), aim to achieve an integrated and supportive economic environment that serves to promote goods and services, investment and labor mobilization in the region. Given ASEAN’s over 600 million population, diverse patterns of economic development, policy outlook, and socio-cultural identities – how does one advance AEC’s goals in view of varied agendas and priorities of each country?

The Open Trade Asia Negotiation Simulation, with the participation of 110 young entrepreneurs and professionals from the 10 ASEAN countries and China, aims to provide delegates with a highly realistic trade negotiation simulation experience and the importance of this as it applies to the ASEAN Economic Community. Entrepreneurship advocates and coach the delegates on negotiation strategies and share their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of trade and the AEC.

Negotiation scenarios, which spell out the specific issues to be negotiated at the Open Trade Asia Negotiation Simulation, will be provided to each participant. This will be supplemented by further explication, coaching, and guidance on the ground at the event.

Some general background reading on trade negotiations are available here.

Open Trade Asia Negotiation Simulation

6 September 2017
De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines
(Indicative agenda)

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Keynote speech
Mr. Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion III
Chair, ASEAN Business Advisory Council
President & Chief Executive Officer, RFM Corporation

Program introduction and overview
Mr. Stephen Olson
Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Country teams meet and discuss negotiation positions First round of negotiations

Plenary session
Speaker, to be confirmed

Country teams meet and discuss negotiation positions Concluding negotiations and final plenary to approve communiqué

Closing Remarks
Dr. Cielito Habito
Professor, Department of Ecnomics – Ateneo de Manila University

Program close


Joey Concepcion III

Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion III
Chair, ASEAN Business Advisory Council

Trade negotiation simulation facilitators

Stephen Olson

Stephen Olson
Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation
Trade negotiation simulation coach

110 young entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals from the 10 ASEAN countries and China will join in the second Open Trade Asia Negotiation Simulation. Each country representative is a member of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC). AYEC is a regional young entrepreneurs’ organization incubated by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), and consists of country representatives from all 10 ASEAN Member States. This initiative was implemented in view of the inclusion of youth entrepreneurship within the ASEAN Economic pillar.

The delegates will be divided into 11 teams representing each ASEAN member nation and China. Each team will be comprised of a mixture of nationalities.

Asia Society Philippines

Asia Society Philippine Foundation, Inc., established in 1999, aims to strengthen relationships, deepen understanding and bridge differences across the Philippines, Asia and the West. Part of a global network of 12 Asia Society centers across the globe, Asia Society Philippines is dedicated in helping to create a more collaborative and shared future for Asia, especially encouraging dialogue and fostering new partnerships.

The Philippine Center presents the uniqueness and diversity of cultures through lectures, exhibitions, films, seminars and conferences. The Center has also developed special programs that represent the culture and achievements of Filipino culture, such as the Kulinarya cookbook. ASPF also serves as the secretariat for the Philippines 21 Young Leaders Initiative, a local charter of the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative.


Philippine Young Entrepreneurs Association

The Philippine Young Entrepreneurs Association is the official representative of the Philippines to the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council, a member of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association, and the official Philippine delegation to the ASEAN-China Young Entrepreneurs Forum.

PYEA is the regional platform for the promotion, networking, and engagement of young entrepreneurs towards deepening and sustaining the integration process of the ASEAN Economic Community.




De La Salle University

De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines is a private, non-profit, Catholic university established by the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1911. The university positions itself as a hub for higher education training renowned for its academic excellence, prolific research and involved community service.

DLSU has 8 colleges that confers Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral degrees and certificate diplomas to local and international students. Its 11 research centers keep the community abreast of current industry practices and trends by coordinating with various local and international partners, with the aim to contribute to developing innovative ideas and solutions to the community’s pressing problems.