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Building APEC Economies’ Capacities of Employing Input-Output Tables for Advanced Economic Modeling

About

The self-funded project is expected to identify the need and interest among APEC economies in a closer collaboration on advanced economic policy modeling.

The purpose of the conference is to explore whether international input-output tables and related models may be a practical tool for impact analysis of various APEC policy initiatives.

The first day of the conference will include presentations and Q & A sessions to raise APEC members' awareness about the academic achievements in the area of economic policy modeling and the applicability of results. The second day will provide an avenue for discussion of what can be APEC's role in building capacities in the area of producing and employing IOT in the foreseeable future.

Participants All APEC member economies are invited to participate. The following representatives from the member economies are particularly encouraged to attend:
• Government officials involved in APEC fora (committees, working groups) activities;
• APEC Secretariat and Policy Support Unit staff;
• Member economies' officials from ministries of economy, trade, industry, energy, agriculture, labour and the environment, productivity commissions and related authorities involved in setting economic policy and carrying out impact assessment;
• Officials from statistical agencies of APEC member economies;
• Academics interested in pursuing IOT related research in the interest of policy making and modeling;
• Representatives of other regional stakeholders and observers such as PECC, ASEAN.

The Conference will be conducted in English.

The dress code for the Conference is Smart Casual.

Participants and speakers may make their hotel reservation directly with the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore which is the venue of the Conference or at www.expedia.com.

Agenda

Draft agenda

24 November 2011 (Thursday)

8:30am - 9:00am
Registration

9:00am - 9:20am
Introduction and Welcome

[Speaker: tbc]
APEC Secretariat / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore / Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore

[Speaker: tbc]
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation / Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation / Russian APEC Study Centre, Russian Academy of the National Economy and Public Service

9:20am - 9:35am
Keynote address 1: [topic tbc]
[Speaker: tbc]
World Bank Institute, Singapore Office

9:35am - 9:50am
Keynote address 2: Employing Input-Output Tables for Advanced Economic Modeling
Alexey Ponomarenko, Director, International Institute for Education in Statistics.
Higher School of Economics (National Research University), Russia.
Dr. Ponomarenko will explain the rationale behind Russia's proposal and will introduce the objectives of the conference.

9:50am - 10:50am
Session 1: Towards an Economically Integrated APEC Community.
This session will highlight APEC long-term agenda for regional economic integration and explain what specific initiatives APEC is undertaking to achieve its goals. It will also inform the participants on the current state of play in the Asia Pacific economy in terms of an Input-Output framework.
Moderator: tbc

[topic tbc]
Denis Hew, Director, Policy Support Unit, APEC Secretariat.
A Generalized Framework for Input-Output Relations in the APEC Area
Masaaki Kuboniwa
Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

10:50am - 11:10am
Coffee Break
11:10am - 12:30pm
Session 2: Input-Output Modeling Techniques: Applications and Results (Part I). Tracing Regional Value Chains/Supply Chains.
This session will address applications and extensions of Input-Output modeling techniques that are relevant for policymaking and planning. Enhancing supply chains connectivity has been recently at the core of APEC economic integration agenda. Meanwhile, Input-Output tables have been increasingly used worldwide to quantify the performance of cross-border supply chains or value chains.
Moderator: tbc

From Trade in Goods to Trade in Value-Added: An Evolutionary Perspective on Production Networks in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Satoshi Inomata, Research Fellow, Director of International Input-Output Analysis Studies Group, IDE-JETRO, Japan

[topic tbc]
William Powers, International Economist, Research Division, Office of Economics, US International Trade Commission

[Speaker: tbc]
Representative of APEC fora or an APEC member economy [speaker invited]

12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lunch

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session 3: Input-Output Modeling Techniques: Applications and Results (Part II). Testing a Better Design of Green Growth Policies.
Green growth is a key growth attribute that APEC member economies strive to attain in the long term. A number of programs have emerged in APEC through recent years to push this priority work forward. This session will explore whether Input-output models may help to quantify the complex impacts of environmental policies.

Moderator: tbc

[Speaker: tbc]

Multi-region Input-Output Frameworks and Their Use for Global Environmental Policy
Manfred Lenzen, Professor of Sustainability Research, School of Physics, Faculty of Science, The University of Sydney

[topic tbc]

[Speaker: tbc]
The Central Economic Mathematical Institute, the Russian Academy of Sciences

3:30pm - 3:50pm
Coffee Break

3:50pm - 4:50pm
Session 4: [National and International] Input-Output Tables. Compilation and Mapping Issues.
This session will allow individual APEC member economies to present their experiences of compiling Input-Output tables which may be seen as one of the most sophisticated statistical tools.

Moderator: tbc

[topic: tbc]
Natalia Ustinova (tbc), Head, Department of Input-Output Tables, Federal State Statistics Service, Russia

A Brief Review of Chinese Taipei's Input-Output Tables and Their Applications
Hung-Chyn Chen, Deputy Director, Taiwan Research Institute, Chinese Taipei
4:50pm - 5:00pm
Wrap-up of Day 1
Alexey Ponomarenko

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Reception

25 November 2011 (Friday)

09:00am - 10:30am

Session 5: Should Better Statistics and Modeling Exercises Inform Policy Decisions? This session will discuss whether it is important to raise officials' and policymakers' awareness about the academic achievements in the area of economic policy modeling with a focus on international Input-Output tables and related models.

Moderator: tbc

[topic: tbc]
Zhang Yaxiong, Assistant Director-General and Division Chief, Department of Economic Forecasting
State Information Centre, China

[Speaker: tbc]
Representative of APEC business community [speaker invited]

Roundtable Discussion

10:30am - 10:50am
Coffee Break

10:50am - 12:20pm
Session 6: Putting Input-Output Models at APEC Service. Ideas for Further Collaboration.
This session will explore whether Input-Output tables and related models may be a practical tool for impact analysis of various APEC policy initiatives and growth projections. Should APEC be a forum to bridge the policymaking and research communities, making Input-Output techniques more accessible and relevant?

Moderator: tbc

[topic: tbc]
Economic Research and Statistics Division, the WTO Secretariat [speaker invited]

[Speaker: tbc]

Roundtable Discussion, Circulation of Draft Summary

12:20pm - 12:30pm
Wrap-up of Day 2 and Overview of the Conference Outcome
Alexey Ponomarenko

Visa and Travel details

Visa

All participants are required to possess a passport with at least 6 months validity to enter Singapore. Business visa is required for participants from certain economies to enter Singapore for the purpose of the APEC meetings.
Note: Possession of a visa alone does not guarantee entry into Singapore. Visitors must also meet entry requirements such as holding a valid passport, sufficient funds for the period of stay in Singapore and confirmed onward/return air ticket.

Additional entry requirements may be retrieved from the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website:
http://www.ica.gov.sg/services_centre.aspx?pageid=232&secid=20 .

Participants can apply for their business visa via their respective Singapore Overseas Missions, or representative offices. Please visit the respective missions' websites for detailed procedures. Alternatively, participants can apply via their trusted partners as specified in the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website:
https://www.psi.gov.sg/NASApp/tmf/TMFServlet?app=SAVE-OVAL&isNew=true&Reload=true.

Transportation

Singapore has an efficient public transportation network of taxis, buses and the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system which ensures that getting around is convenient and hassle-free.

In the Singapore Changi Airport, the Ground Transport Desk is a 24-hour counter catered to handle all passengers' transportation requests and queries. It is located in the Arrival Hall of each terminal.

Transportation options available at the Ground Transport Desk include:
4-seater Airport Limousine (S$45 per trip to any destination in Singapore)
7-seater Large Taxi (S$50 per trip to any destination in Singapore)
9-seater Mini-Bus (S$50 per charter to any destination in Singapore)
Airport Shuttle Bus ($9 per passenger to selected downtown hotels. Please check with counter staff for route information)

The counter also acts as an informative counter on all available modes of transport at the airport.
Taxi stands are located outside the Arrival Hall on Level 1 in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, as well as at the end of the Arrival Hall on Level 1 in Terminal 2 (South Wing).
The journey to the city is estimated to cost between $18.00 and $38.00 and takes approximately 30 minutes.

Fares are metered and there is additional airport surcharge for all trips originating from the airport:
$5 airport surcharge - 5.00pm to 12.00am (Fridays to Sundays),
$3 airport surcharge - all other times,
Midnight surcharge of 50% of final metered fare - 12.00am to 6.00am (daily).

Please note that in Singapore it is compulsory to wear seat belts and smoking is not permitted in all taxis.

Accommodation

Participants and speakers may make their hotel reservation directly with the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore which is the venue of the Conference or at www.expedia.com.

Venue

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore
392 Havelock Road, Singapore 169663
Telephone: +65 (6733) 0880
Fax: +65 (6737) 8880
enquiry@grandcopthorne.com.sg
Website: www.grandcopthorne.com.sg

Participants and speakers may make their hotel reservation directly with the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore or at www.expedia.com.

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore is made up of not just one island but a main island with 63 surrounding islets. The main island has a total land area of 682 square km. However, its compact size belies its economic growth. In just 150 years, Singapore has grown into a thriving centre of commerce and industry. Its former role as an entrepot has diminished, as the nation has increased its manufacturing base.
Singapore is the busiest port in the world with over 600 shipping lines sending super tankers, container ships and passenger liners to share the busy waters with coastal fishing vessels and wooden lighters.
One of the world's major oil refining and distribution centres, Singapore is a major supplier of electronic components and a leader in shipbuilding and repairing. It has also become one of the most important financial centres of Asia, with more than 130 foreign and local banks. Business dealings are facilitated by Singapore's superb global communications network.
Singapore's strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for both business and pleasure.

Climate

Singapore is warm and humid all year round, with only slight variations between the average maximum of 31 degree Celsius and minimum of 23 degrees Celsius. Rain falls throughout the year, with more consistent rain coming during the monsoon season from November to January. Please refer to www.nea.gov.sg for the latest updates on Singapore's weather.

Currency and Banking

The official currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD); it is a decimal currency with units in dollars and cents. An online currency converter service is available at http://forex.asiaone.com.sg.
Normal bank opening hours are Mondays to Fridays: 1000hrs to 1500hrs. Saturdays: 0930hrs to 1300hrs (Some banks are open until 1500hrs). Sundays: 0930hrs to 1500hrs. (For some banks along Orchard Road).
Most banks handle travellers' cheques and foreign currency exchange. However, some banks do not have foreign exchange dealings on Saturdays. Passports are required when cashing in travellers' cheques. A nominal commission may be charged.
Apart from banks and hotels, money can be changed wherever the sign "Licensed Money Changer" is displayed. Most shopping complexes have a licensed money changer. Visitors are discouraged from changing money with unlicensed money changers.

Credit / Charge Cards

Major credit and charge cards like American Express, Visa, Diners and MasterCard are widely accepted by establishments in Singapore. Should any shop insist on adding a surcharge, please contact the respective card company to report the errant shop owner.
American Express Tel: 1800 - 396 6000
Diners Card Tel: (65) 6416 0800
JCB Tel: (65) 6734 0096
MasterCard Tel: 800 - 110 0113 (toll-free in Singapore only)
Visa Tel: 800 - 448 1250 (toll-free in Singapore only)

Electricity

The standard electricity supply in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second. On request, most hotels will provide transformers to visitors with electrical appliances of a different voltage. The power plugs used in Singapore are of the three-pin, square-shaped type.

Local Time

Singapore's Standard time is GMT +8 hours.

Drinking Water

It is perfectly safe to drink water straight from the tap in Singapore. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, local supermarkets and grocers usually carry a sizeable selection.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in public service vehicles, museums, libraries, lifts, theatres, cinemas, air-conditioned restaurants, non air-conditioned eating houses, hawker centres, hair salons, supermarkets, department stores and government offices. In line with efforts to improve the nightlife experience for all, there are smoking restrictions on entertainment outlets. Smoking is no longer allowed in all pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots, unless within approved smoking rooms or smoking corners. Offenders can be fined up to SGD1,000.

Tipping

Tipping is not practiced as most hotels and restaurants in Singapore already levy a 10% service charge on customers' bills.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Here is a list of useful telephone numbers:
Police: 999 (toll-free)
Emergencies/Ambulance/Fire Brigade: 995 (toll-free)
Singapore Tourism Board (STB) Tourist-line (24 hour automated tourist information system): 1800 736 2000 (toll-free in Singapore only)
Advance booking numbers for taxis:
Common Taxi Booking number (for all companies) (65) 6342 5222
Comfort Citycab Dial-A-Cab (65) 6552 1111
Comfort Premier Cabs (65) 6552 2828
Premier Taxis (65) 6476 8880
SMRT Taxis Skytrek Bookings/Premier Cabs (65) 6555 8888
CityCab Mercedes Cab (4 -Seater) & MaxiCab (6-Seater) (65) 6210 4816/9
Please note that different surcharges on advance bookings apply for different taxi companies.

For more information on Singapore, please visit http://www.visitsingapore.com

Organizer

he Higher School of Economics was founded on November 27th, 1992, by an Ordinance of the RF Government.

In October 2009 the Higher School of Economics received the status of a National Research University.

On December 23rd, 2010, the University received the status of an autonomous educational institution (Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation #1109 'On the creation of a federal state autonomous educational institution of higher professional education "National Research University - Higher School of Economics"').

Over 16 000 students and 587 doctoral students are studying at the HSE. As per October 1st, 2011, 12 109 undergraduate, 2946 master's, are studying at the HSE in Moscow.

The HSE has 3 regional branches: St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm.

As per October 1st, 2011, the HSE faculty includes 1672 professors and 421 researchers, among them 623 specialists invited as part-timers from the areas of business, research institutes, and state bodies.

Tel.: +7(495)7729590
www.hse.ru

Ссылки на официальные органы:

официальный сайт Министерства образования и науки Российской Федерации - www.mon.gov.ru

федеральный портал "Российское образование" - www.edu.ru

информационная система "Единое окно доступа к образовательным ресурсам" - www.window.edu.ru

единая коллекция цифровых образовательных ресурсов - www.school-collection.edu.ru

федеральный центр информационно-образовательных ресурсов - www.fcior.edu.ru

наука и образование против террора - www.scienceport.ru

национальный Центр информационного противодействия терроризму и экстремизму в образовательной среде и сети Интернет (НЦПТИ) - www.нцпти.рф

Общественная палата Российской Федерации - Противодействие экстремизму и терроризму в сети Интернет - www.oprf.ru

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