On February 23, 2011 the Thai National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) and the East-West Center hosted a seminar in Honor of Professor Seiji Naya (TDI 70-72, RSI 81, PI 82, CWO 83, Rsch 02-09).
Professor Seiji Naya was a pioneer of the study of Asian economic cooperation and an indefatigable advocate of ASEAN cooperation for almost a half-century. In recognition of his many accomplishments, the NIDA bestowed upon Professor Naya the prestigious Honorary Doctorate Award, the first person from outside Thailand ever to receive one. On occasion of this celebration, the East-West Center hosted a seminar, “New Approaches to Asian Economic Cooperation and Development,” which included presentations from noted scholars from throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Presenters of this special seminar on “New Approaches to Asian Economic Cooperation and Development” included:
Dr Shigeyuki Abe, Faculty of Policy Studies, Doshisha University
Dr. Santi Chaisrisawatsuk, School of Development Economics, NIDA
Dr. Adis Israngkura, Dean, School of Economics, NIDA
Dr. Sumner La Croix, Dept. of Economics, Research Fellow, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization
Dr. Chung H. Lee, Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa and East-West Center
Dr. Peter Petri, Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance, Brandeis International Business School and East-West Center
Dr. Michael G. Plummer OECD Trade and Agriculture and East-West Center)
Pisit Puapan, Director of Macroeconomic Analysis Division, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance, Thailand
Dr. Wisarn Pupphavesa, School of Development Economics, NIDA
Dr. Sasatra Sudsawad, School of Development Economics, NIDA
Topics included economic integration and productivity, the future of the Asian model of export growth, and challenges facing the region in the post-crisis era. In anticipation of the APEC Summit in Honolulu this 2011, the conference considered the “variable geometry” of Asia-Pacific cooperation, with presentations related to emerging institutional arrangements in the Asia-Pacific such as the ASEAN Economic Community, the ASEAN+3, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.