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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.

80 university students, 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.

The 11 country teams – comprising the ASEAN member states and China – tackled and debated the following trade disputes:

Trade in Goods
Under the Trade in Goods sector, teams negotiated on the accounting services issue with the intention to create an open market for these services in the Association.

Trade in Services
Teams also deliberated the stumpage fees associated in harvesting and exporting lumber.


Welcome remarks
Suyin Liu Lee | Executive Director, Asia Society Philippines

Keynote speech
Ambassador Delia Albert | Senior Adviser, SGV & Co.

Introduction: Hinrich Foundation
Alexander Boome | Program Director, Hinrich Foundation

Negotiation simulation: introduction & overview
Stephen Olson | Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Internal team deliberations

First round of negotiations

Internal team deliberations

Concluding round of negotiations, summary of agreed points / voice vote

Negotiation simulation: wrap up
Stephen Olson | Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Program close
Kathryn Dioth | CEO, Hinrich Foundation


Ambassador Delia Domingo Albert
Senior Adviser, SGV & Co.

Trade negotiation simulation facilitators

Stephen Olson

Stephen Olson
Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

80 young entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals from the 10 ASEAN countries and China joined this edition of OTANS in Manila. All delegates are members of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC), a a regional young entrepreneurs’ organization incubated by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC).

The delegates were divided into 11 teams representing each ASEAN member nation and China.

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.