Events and external engagement


The 2022 NZASC Workshop: The Future of Supply Chains in the APEC Region: Implications for Business

The Covid-19 pandemic and geo-political tensions have resulted in the reshaping of supply chains in the APEC region with far-reaching implications for businesses in sourcing inputs, penetrating new markets and ensuring sustainable growth. This trend is likely to reshape the future of globalization and the organization of global economic activity. In the workshop hosted by the New Zealand APEC Study Centre on 1-2 December, world-class scholars and practitioners shed light on the opportunities and challenges for globalization in New Zealand and the APEC region in the coming future.

The 2021 NZASC Workshop: Globalization in the Post-Pandemic Era: Issues for the Asia-Pacific Region

One week after the 2021 official APEC process hosted by New Zealand, the Centre organized an online workshop on November 18-19, 2021 to review the major outcomes of the APEC meetings and to launch the Centre’s future research agenda. The workshop brought together distinguished scholars, senior policymakers, business leaders, representatives from the diplomatic communities, and other key stakeholders to discuss these issues and to explore New Zealand’s role in leading Asia-Pacific economic integration in the post-pandemic era. The workshop covered three main themes: services trade in the post-pandemic world, Asia and the future of globalization, the rise of central bank digital currencies.

The 2021 APEC Study Centre Consortium Conference

On 6-7 July 2021, the NZASC hosted the 2021 APEC Study Centre Consortium Conference. The themes of this conference centred on key themes of the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, agreed by APEC Leaders last year for implementation beginning this year: trade and investment, harnessing the potential of the digital economy, sustainability, economic and social inclusiveness, and the regional response to Covid-19.

Roundtable discussions

  • Agricultural Trade and the WTO: What Can We Expect?
    16 March 2020
    Guest speakers: Evan Rogerson, Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore and co-ordinator of the Singapore Trade Policy Forum and former Director WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division

  • Issues Facing APEC in 2020: Outlook for Asia-Pacific Regional Economic Integration
    16 December 2019
    Guest speakers: Visiting Taiwan APEC Study Centre experts

  • Roundtable with visiting delegation from Institute for International Economy at China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)
    29 October 2019

  • Economic Integration in South and East Asia
    20 August 2019
    Guest speakers: Dr Ganesh Wignaraja, former Director, Asian Development Bank Institute

  • Emerging Challenges in the International Trading System
    4 July 2019
    Guest speakers: Dr Ken Ash, Director, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate

Training for policy-makers

  • Sundaram, A. (2022), “Inclusive Trade”, Course for ASEAN and Pacific Senior Policy Professionals and Public Administrators, hosted by Public Policy Institute, University of Auckland.
  • Zhang, H. (2022), “Inclusive Trade”, Course for ASEAN and Pacific Senior Policy Professionals and Public Administrators, hosted by Public Policy Institute, University of Auckland.
  • Sundaram, A. (2020), “Advanced International Trade”, Course for Central Bank and Policy Professionals, CAFRAL, Reserve Bank of India.


  • Zhang, H., What RCEP might mean for digital trade, interviewed by Heather Wright, iStart, June 9, 2022.
  • Sundaram, A. Commentary on NZ’s hosting of APEC 2021, featured by Phoenix Television Hong Kong, November 12, 2021.
  • Zhang, H. and X. Chen, Jack Ma's Ant Group Has Its Wrist Slapped, National Business Review, November 8, 2021.
  • Scollay, R., China in APEC: A view from New Zealand, People’s Daily Online, China, November 15, 2021.
  • Scollay, R., A Mirage or a Promised Land? NZ Herald, November 4, 2021.
  • Scollay, R., China and the CPTPP: Right Move, Wrong Timing? NZ Herald, September 20, 2021.
  • Sundaram, A., High Trade Hopes between Old Allies, Newsroom, June 24, 2020.
  • Scollay, R., New Zealand Accepts Challenge of 2021 APEC Hosting, Newsroom, July 14, 2020.