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Promoting Trade in Services by SMEs and Women Entrepreneurs Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 (Japan Standard Time UTC+9)

Best-Practice Sharing and the Potential of Emerging Digital Technologies

APEC STUDY CENTER JAPAN

Sponsored by: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (A02: "Political/Economic Regional Integration" and B03 "Civilizations and Global Networks"); Chiba University Leading Research Promotion Program - Chiba Studies on Global Fair Society: A Multidisciplinary Approach
This workshop is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japan)

AGENDA

10:00-10:15 am

(15 mins) MC of the workshop: Ms. Jaswinder Kaur (Professor, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada)

Opening Remarks

  • Ms. Naoko Ueda, Director, APEC Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Introductory Presentation

  • Mr. Hikari Ishido, Professor, Chiba University and APEC Study Center Japan: “An overview of the completed (previous) research project on promoting trade in services by SMEs and Women Entrepreneurs”
  • Prof. Seiichi Igarashi, Chiba University: "Digital Commons and SMEs"
10:15-11:00 am

(45 mins) Session 1: Use of Emerging Digital Services for Promoting Cross-Border Business by SMEs

Moderated by Mr. Patrick Charlton (Professor, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada)

Panelists:
  • Mr. Satoru Someya, Managing Director, Head of CEO's Office TradeWaltz (Japan) “Use of Blockchain Technology for Trade”
  • Ms. Tamey McIntosh (Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Braiyt AI, Inc (Canada) “Cross-Border Business by Entrepreneurs in Practice”
  • Ms. Marie Sherylyn D. Aquia, Department of Trade and Industry (Philippines) “Emerging Digital Services and the Boracay Action Agenda”

Q&A

11:00-11:45 am

(45 mins) Session 2: Trade in Services by Women Entrepreneurs

Moderated by Ms. Jaswinder Kaur (Professor, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada)

Panelists:
  • Ms. Akemi Tsunagawa, Founder and CEO, Bespoke Inc. (Japan) “Use of AI Technology for Tourism and other Services”
  • Dr. Sasiwimon Warunsiri Paweenawat, Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (Thailand) “Women’s Economic Opportunities and Promotion of Trade in Services”
  • Moderator’s comment (by Prof. Jaswinder Kaur)

Q&A

11:45 am-12:15 pm

(30 mins) Session 3: Policy measures and regulatory practices

Facilitated by Ms. Clarecia Christie, ,(Professor, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada)

Special Guest Speaker:
  • Ms. Catherine O'Connell, Lawyer, Principal and Founder of Catherine O'Connell Law, Lawpreneur, Podcaster (New Zealand) “A Lawyer’s Perspective on the Promotion of Cross-Border Service Business”
  • Moderator’s comment (by Ms. Clarecia Christie)

Q&A

12:15pm-12:30pm

(15 mins) Summarizing and closing note

* Note: program dates and times are shown in Japan Standard Time (UTC+9:00).

Opening Remarks/Introductory Presentation

Ms. Naoko Ueda

Director, APEC Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Mr. Hikari Ishido

Professor, Chiba University and APEC Study Center Japan

Prof. Seiichi Igarashi

Professor, Chiba University and APEC Study Center Japan

Panelists

Special Guest Speaker

Session 1: Use of Emerging Digital Services for Promoting Cross-Border Business by SMEs

Moderated by Prof. Patrick Charlton (Professor, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada)

Panelists:

Mr. Satoru Someya

Managing Director, Head of CEO's Office TradeWaltz (Japan) “Use of Blockchain Technology for Trade” (tentative)

Ms. Tamey McIntosh

(Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Braiyt AI, Inc (Canada) “Cross-Border Business by Entrepreneurs in Practice”

Ms. Marie Sherylyn D. Aquia

Department of Trade and Industry (Philippines) “Emerging Digital Services and the Boracay Action Agenda”

Session 2: Trade in Services by Women entrepreneurship

Moderated by Prof. Jaswinder Kaur (Professor, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada)

Panelists:

Ms. Akemi Tsunagawa

Founder and CEO, Bespoke Inc. (Japan) “Use of AI Technology for Tourism and other Services”

Dr. Sasiwimon Warunsiri Paweenawat

Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (Thailand) “Women’s Economic Opportunities and Promotion of Trade in Services”

Session 3: Policy measures and regulatory practices

Facilitated with closing commentary by Ms. Clarecia Christie, International Trade Expert, Global Compass Consulting Services Incorporated (Canada)

Special Guest Expert:

Ms. Catherine O'Connell

Lawyer, Principal and Founder of Catherine O'Connell Law, Lawpreneur, Podcaster (New Zealand) “A Lawyer’s Perspective on the Promotion of Cross-Border Service Business”

HOSTS AND MODERATORS

Ms. Jaswinder Kaur

Professor, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

Mr. Patrick Charlton

Professor, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

Ms. Clarecia Christie

Professor, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

Ms. Sophia Vaz

Technical and Administrative Lead, Canada