Fellow's Seminar: Mr. Nabeel Ajmal Mancheri.

Invitation to the Fellow’s Seminar Fiscal 2009-2010 (on August 19, 2009)

The Japan Foundation
Asia and Oceania Section

The Japan Foundation would like to welcome you to join us for the Fellows' Seminar for Fiscal 2009-2010. The presenter is Mr. Nabeel Ajmal Mancheri.

Date: August 19, 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 15:30-17:00
Venue: JFIC Keyaki at the Japan Foundation Head Office.
The Japan Foundation headquarters moved to the new office.
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AdmissionAdmission Fee: Free
Language: English (no interpretation)
Contact: If you would like to attend the seminar, please notify Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept. by August 14, 2009 with your name, affiliation, and contact information (tel., fax or e-mail). If you would apply by e-mail, please be aware to write the name of the presenter and the date of the seminar in the title. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
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Tel: 03-5369-6070/ Fax: 03-5369-6041 E-mail
Presenter: Mr. Nabeel Ajmal Mancheri
He is currently a Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellow 2008-2009 and a Ph. D Scholar at the Japanese Studies Division, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Theme for Ph. D Thesis: “Trade and Trade Agreements between Japan, India and Australia”
Presentation Theme: “Could a Free and Fair Trade Possible Between India, Japan and Australia: An Analysis of Comparative Advantage"

There has been much discussion in recent years concerning the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and the presumed advantages and disadvantages of enacting trade agreement designed to permit freer trade among countries. Governments have been meeting frequently to discuss the possibility of forming bilateral or regional trading agreements. India, Japan and Australia are no exception, pursuing negotiation for different trade agreements at different levels. The various discussions have never been easy nor have they always been successful. Many political and economic pressures are brought to bear on a government as it contemplates whether to enter into and what the provisions of such an agreement ought to be. Economic relations between India, Japan and Australia, characterized by the mutually complimentary nature of manufactured products and natural resources, and it will move toward new complimentary relations. Partnerships are promoted in the areas of capital markets, energy, biotechnology, information technology (IT), healthcare, nursing, science, research and development. All of this underlines the accelerating integration into the economic life of the Asia and the enormous potential to expand economic ties across the region.

Under these circumstances, the present study seeks to analyze the political and economic mechanism of a trade triangle- supplier, processor and trader which links three countries in the Asia - Pacific region-Australia-India and Japan- in a trilateral trade framework. The study tries to analyze the linkages and connectivity between these countries in the international trade scenario. This new triangle has a potential to carve out a vast space to establish trilateral political economic cooperation linking the core competencies of the three most dynamic economies of the Asia Pacific region, Australia’s abundance supply of commodities, India’s large, skilled but cheap pool of labor, large consumer market and ICT and Japan’s technological, financial and entrepreneurial resources. In terms of policy implications, this study highlights that regional economic cooperation must be complimented by trilateral/ multilateral integration of core national competencies in specific industrial/service sectors. The development of close and mutually beneficial links between India, Japan and Australia will have an economic and strategic importance in the coming years.

Since a stable and peaceful regional and international environment provides necessary climate for continued growth in trade and economic activity, Japan is therefore encouraged by and supportive of India’s and Australia’s growing engagement with the East Asian region. India and Japan matters to Australia because the countries are the major drivers of the global economy. Now the developments in India profoundly affect the development in the already developed Japan and Australia. Empirically the trilateral trade between these countries serves as a case study to unravel the calculus between the three actors, i.e. supplier (Australia), processor (India) and the trader (Japan).

It is difficult to expect that an Australia-Japan or India Japan FTA will be an easy negotiation or produce a good outcome. A recent report by the Asian Development Bank is critical of the proliferation of bilateral trade agreements in the Asian region and their potential to divert trade, marginalise peripheral countries with small markets and polarise the region more generally during the long term. Bilateral FTAs can create wider liberalisation and economic integration, but as it seems with the Australia-US FTA, they can also include limited liberalisation and significant exemptions. In the same way the ongoing negotiation between India –Australia and India -Japan for a free trade agreement may leads to a similar kind of outcome.

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