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AsiaGlobal Dialogue 2018: Redefining multilateralism in a new global economy

Launched in 2012, AsiaGlobal Dialogue (AGD) is Asia Global Institute’s flagship forum for constructive dialogue to bring out fresh insights and Asian perspectives on key global issues.

AGD 2018's discussions were built around Redefining multilateralism in a new global economy.

Rapid advancement in science and technology has improved lives for many, yet these improvements come with the threat of widespread job losses for some. Countries around the world are facing growing tides of nationalism and populism, which threaten the post-war order of multilateralism and globalization. AGD 2018 explored these recent developments and its implications. 

The event started with a welcome dinner at 18:30-21:30 on November 14, 2018, which followed by a day conference from 09:00-18:00 on November 15, 2018 at Loke Yew Hall, The University of Hong Kong.


November 14

1830-2130 Welcome dinner

November 15, Loke Yew Hall, The University of Hong Kong

0900-0910 Welcome remarks

0910-0920 Opening remarks

0920-0945 Keynote address: Redefining multilateralism in a new global economy

0945-1100 Plenary Dialogue 1: The Geopolitical agenda
・ Local vote, global impact: assessing impact of political developments in the US and China
・ Global vs regional multilateralism in trade and security
・ Identifying threats to a geopolitical peace agenda
・ How multinationals and business navigate the new world order

1130-1245 Plenary dialogue 2: Globalization in a new multilateral framework
・ Identifying a new blueprint for global trade
・ Importance of expanding the digital economy and data framework for multilateralism
・ Digitalization and global governance
・ Can old laws meet new challenges?

1300-1415 Luncheon keynote address

1430-1545 Parallel breakout sessions 1
1a: Remaking the global multilateral trading system in Asia
・ How new regional partnerships are reshaping economic and trade relationships
・ Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative and AIIB
・ Future of TPP without the US
・ Future developments on RCEP
・ Future of trade and investment in Asia

1b: Solving Asia’s biggest development challenges
・ Innovative approaches to drive inclusive growth, markets, and finance in Asia
・ Policy frameworks to support grassroots innovation and entrepreneurship in public interest
・ Technology to empower people to improve their lives in Asia’s poorest regions

1615-1730 Parallel breakout sessions 2
2a: Security in Asia Pacific
・Understanding the balance of power in Asia Pacific: what role should the U.S. play?
・How are new security arrangements like the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue affecting relations in the region?
・How will China and ASEAN respectively respond?
・How can the region balance geo-economic and security concerns?

2b: Opportunities and challenges of AI in society
・ How AI is reshaping products, companies, industries and markets
・ Governing privacy: the quest for a global framework which protects people and supports AI’s further development
・ How can social credit systems be another form of AI in the public interest?

1730-1800 Closing 

*The program is subject to change without prior notice

AsiaGlobal Dialogue 2018 was hosted by the Asia Global Institute and takes place at the historic Loke Yew Hall, The University of Hong Kong.

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