Introduction to Digital Trade 
Thursday 24th March 2022
16:00 - 17:30 (AEDT)


In 2020, ASR initiated establishment of the Australian Digital Trade Form to help lead implementation of recommendations made by industry in the Government’s Services Export Action Plan.

The Services Export Action Plan recognised the need to build a coordinated voice to represent Australian digital trade/e commerce interests, and broaden understanding of developements in the WTO and APEC as well as bilateral and regional Free Trade Agreements and Digital Economy Agreements.

These informal by-invitation only boardroom sessions are key opportunities for networking, education and policy advocacy on digital trade and e-commerce issues.

Christopher Findlay: Emeritus Professor, University of Adelaide

Caroline McCarthy, Assistant Secretary, Investment and Digital Trade Branch, DFAT
Peter Kakogiannis: A/g Director, Digital Trade Section, DFAT
Jane Drake-Brockman: Visiting Fellow, Institute for International Trade

Jed Horner: AusCyber
Kaaren Koomen: AM, IBM
David Howarth: Amazon Australia tbc
Lee Tuthill: Visiting Fellow, Institute for International Trade
Amy Stuart: DFAT

Webinar: An enhanced measure of regional cooperation & integration

Thursday 7th October 2021

The Asia-Pacific Regional Cooperation and Integration Index (ARCII) is a robust tool to track progress on different areas of regional cooperation and integration (RCI). To capture its increasingly complex nature, the enhanced ARCII framework offers several innovations including new dimensions on digital connectivity and environmental cooperation.

The seminar discussed the main results of the new framework.

Professor Jane Drake-Brockman of IIT, University of Adelaide along with leading experts discussed the implications for regional and global integration, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host & Moderator

Cyn-Young Park
Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Rolando Avendano

Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank


Jane Drake-Brockman
Industry Professor
Institute for International Trade
University of Adelaide

Ronald Butiong
Chief, Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank

Yann Duval
Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation
Trade, Investment and Innovation Division
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and the Pacific

Webinar: Public-Private Dialogue on Services “Driving Services for an Inclusive and Resilient Economy”
October 12th - 13th, 2021

This PPD was organized by APSC and ABAC, in partnership with the Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia, and presented to you by ABAC Philippines and Globe Telecom.

In collaboration with the TIISA Network, The Asia Pacific Services Coalition (APSC) and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) held a Public-Private Dialogue on Services, with the theme, “Driving Services for an Inclusive and Resilient Economic Recovery”

During the two-day conference, key themes emerged on how services competitiveness can be enhanced post-pandemic and beyond, which contributes to the midterm review of the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap. While the forum centered on the importance of the services sector in building back better for the region, the dialogue also highlighted the COVID-19 response of businesses, digital transformation of services, and domestic regulatory practices and policies that must be implemented to make economic recovery inclusive and beneficial for all.

Jane Drake-Brockman, TIISA Network Director moderated on Day 2: Boosting Services Competitiveness Post-Pandemic.

Day 2 - Session 4

DAY 1 - Full Webinar

Day 2 - Full Webinar