CEPS co-organises high-level event in Shanghai

CEPS was one of the co-organisers of this year’s Shanghai Forum, a major international conference that is co-hosted by Fudan University and the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. The Forum’s mission is to “Concentrate on Asia, Focus on Hot Issues, Congregate Elites, Promote Interactions, Enhance Cooperation and Seek Consensus”. With these aims in mind, the prestigious event serves as an interactive platform for multi-sided communication amongst academic, political, commercial and press circles on significant problems both in Asia and the world, so as to seek consensus on Asia’s economic, political, social and cultural progress.

For this year’s event, which took place May 27-29th, CEPS was responsible in particular for organising a major sub-forum entitled “Can Asia and Europe save globalisation?”. More than ten experts from around the world – including CEPS Director Daniel Gros, CEPS Senior Fellow Jacques Pelkmans, Bernard Hoekman of the European University Institute in Florence and Jeffrey Schott from the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington – were convened to tackle this crucial question. Jacques Pelkmans also presented his recent book exploring the potential for an EU-China free trade agreement (Tomorrow’s Silk Road) at a separate session to a large group of students and faculty from Fudan University.