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EuroCham will host Dr. Deborah Elms from the Asian Trade Centre who will provide an analysis in the most practical terms on RCEP, member states’ sentiments toward it, and the impacts it will have on businesses, both for MNCs and SMEs.

This will be a very exciting and informative session as the region navigates around trade pacts and what it means for the region’s economies and geopolitics.

About the speaker


Dr. Deborah Elms,

Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre
Vice Chair, Asia Business Trade Association

Dr. Deborah Elms is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre. The Asian Trade Centre works with governments and companies to design better trade policies for the region. Dr. Elms sits on the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance and is Chair of the Working Group on Trade Policy and Law. She is also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy. Previously, Dr Elms was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and Senior Fellow of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her projects include the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and global value chains. She has provided consulting on a range of trade issues to governments including the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Taiwan, and Singapore. Dr. Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University. Dr Elms publishes the Talking Trade Blog.

Asian Trade Centre

The Asian Trade Centre (ATC) is the premier regional thought leader, advocate and educator for trade in Asia. We work with businesses and governments across the Asia Pacific to make better trade policy.

Activities include:
– Increasing capacities and knowledge of government and business leaders through training, workshops and seminars;
– Building bridges between government and business to foster the growth of trade in the region;
– Leading world-class research projects; and
– Conducting outreach to the media, business, NGOs and the interested public on trade issues.
– ATC is also the Secretariat to the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA) and the Asia Pacific MSME Trade Coalition (AMTC)

This event is open only to EuroCham Singapore members. If you would like to attend, please RSVP via the calendar invite or by writing to the Corporate Affairs Manager Mr. Elgin Seah at elgin.seah@eurocham.org.sg