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Now that the TPP negotiation has concluded, IDEAS would like to explore whether or not this fear that Malaysia’s national sovereignty will be subject to US power and that we will become subservient to the US’ priorities. At the same time, some also claim that the TPPA will enable big companies to victimise smaller countries like Malaysia, swallowing up smaller local companies and even suing the government through the inter-state dispute settlement mechanism.

For this reason, IDEAS will be hosting a forum to learn from the experiences of other countries.

The highlights of the forum will include a Keynote Address by the Ambassador of Mexico, H.E. Carlos Isauro Felix Corona, who will be answering the key question “Did the US bully Mexico?” and Dr Le Dang Doanh , Senior Economist, Association of Vietnam Economist who will speak on US-Vietnam Billateral Trade Agreement.

Theme: “TPP: Will the US Bully Us?”
Date: Saturday,31 October 2015
Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Venue: Plaza 1, Lower Ground Floor, Park Royal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Please reply by Wednesday 28, October 2015 to Shaza Onn or 




31 Oct 2015

9.30am -10.00am

Registration (Light refreshments served)

10.00am -10.10am

Opening Remarks

by Wan Saiful, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Democracy & Economic Affairs

10.10am -10.30am

Keynote Address – Mexico’s Experience with NAFTA

by H.E. Carlos Isauro Félix Corona, Ambassador of Mexico to Malaysia

H.E. Carlos will speak about Mexico’s experience on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and answer whether or not increased US trade presence in Mexico was beneficial or detrimental to the Mexican economy.


Panel Session – “Will the US Bully Us?” Moderated by Wan Saiful, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Democracy & Economic Affairs

Speakers will be given 15 minutes to speak on their respective topics followed by an hour long Q&A session with the panelists.  

Vietnam’s Experience with the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement by Dr Doanh Le Dang, Senior Economist, Association of Vietnam Economist

Dr Doanh will elaborate on the impact of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement on Vietnam as well as Vietnam’s prospects under the TPPA. Dr Doanh will finally conclude with his opinions on the TPPA’s impact to Malaysia.

Korea’s Experience with US-Korea Trade Agreement (KORUS) by First Secretary Kim Kwon Sung, Embassy of Korea **tbc

Mr Kim will speak about the Korean US Bilateral Agreement (KORUS) as well as elaborate on Korea’s interest in the TPPA. He will end by providing his thoughts on how Malaysia may be impacted by the TPPA.

Questions and Answers with panelists including H.E. Carlos, Mexican Ambassador


Closing Remarks by Wan Saiful Wan Jan, CEO of IDEAS

End of Session



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