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Date/Time
Friday, January 14, 2011
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada


CCA BC and Asia Pacific Foundation Invitation to In-House Talk
Canada in Asia Pacific: Experiences for the Integration of Colombia within the Region

You are cordially invited to attend an informal, in-house talk by Dr. Camilo Perez-Restrepo, who is conducting his research on Canada in Asia Pacific: Experiences for the Integration of Colombia within the Region. The talk will be co-organized by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC) and the Canadian Council for the Americas British Columbia (CCA BC), and will be held in the APFC Board Room on Friday, January 14th 2011 from 2:00– 3:00 pm. The talk will be an opportunity for Dr. Perez-Restrepo to share the questions driving his current research, and to invite additional questions and feedback from colleagues. The presentation will take approximately 15-20 minutes, followed by a moderated discussion to exchange ideas and feedback.

RSVP to erin.williams@asiapacific.ca to confirm your attendance.

Summary of Research Project: The Colombian government is becoming aware of the importance of the Asia Pacific and of improving trade and political linkages with countries in the region. As a result of this change in the trade orientation of the country, the Colombian government, private sector and academia have begun a process for designing and establishing a strategic policy towards the Asia Pacific. Some of the elements included in this strategy include more active participation in the economic cooperation mechanisms with the purpose of strengthening the political relations with the region. A second element region includes the negotiation of Free Trade Agreements and Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements with regional economies. In the context of the proposed approach, it is valuable to understand the Canadian experience with the Asia Pacific region. This research will look at Canada’s geostrategic importance as a country with a large Pacific coastline and a favourable position in international trade flows; the growth of Canada’s trade with the region and the effects of the potential Free Trade Agreements and Bilateral Investment agreements with the region; the institutional framework established at the governmental, private sector, and academic levels; Canada’s participation in multilateral forums such as APEC, PECC, and PBEC; and the role played by the large immigrant communities from Asian countries in Canada’s relation with the region.

Dr. Camilo Perez-Restrepo is an International Negotiator, Universidad EAFIT, with an emphasis on International Relations and a graduate degree on European Management at Université Robert Schuman -Université de Strasbourg- École de Management. He is also a current candidate for the specialization on Political Studies and Geopolitics at EAFIT. He has been involved in research activities on economics, International Relations and Canadian studies and currently serves as Professor on the courses of Area Studies of North America and Introduction to International Relations at EAFIT and as research fellow at the Asia Pacific Studies Centre.

 

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