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On September 6, 2017, The Hinrich Foundation and Asia Society Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Young Entrepreneurs Association and De La Salle University, held an Open Trade Asia Negotiation Simulation in Manila, Philippines.

Over 70 young entrepreneurs and professionals gathered from across the ASEAN region and China for the one-day trade negotiation simulation event held at De La Salle University. The delegates included members of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC), a regional young entrepreneurs’ organization incubated by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC).

At the event, delegates were immersed in a realistic trade negotiation simulation experience. The delegates were first divided into 11 teams representing each ASEAN member nation and China. They were further divided into two specific trade negotiation focuses: Trade in goods and trade in services. Delegates were coached on negotiation strategies throughout the process.

The event also featured a number of high level speakers who shared their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of trade, with a special focus on the ASEAN Economic Community. Speakers included ASEAN leadership and former trade negotiators: 

  • Ambassador Delia Albert, Senior Adviser, SGV Group
  • Suyin Liu Lee, Executive Director, Asia Society Philippines
  • Alexander Boome, Program Director, Hinrich Foundation
  • Stephen Olson, Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Find out more about the event here.

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About the author – Lauren Kyger

Lauren Kyger is a Research Associate with the Hinrich Foundation where she focuses on international trade research. She is a Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholar alumna, earning her Master’s degree in Global Business Journalism from Tsinghua University in Beijing. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.