CPTPP and the Future of Trade in the Indo-Pacific
Please join the CSIS Project on Trade and Technology and the Economics Program for a conversation with Vangelis Vitalis, New Zealand's Deputy Secretary for Trade and Economic and Chief Trade Negotiator and Crawford Falconer, the UK's Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser.
The event will review New Zealand's host year of CPTPP, unpack the UK's accession into the free trade agreement, and discuss the future of trade in the Indo-Pacific.
Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic and Chief Trade Negotiator, New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade
Vangelis Vitalis is Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic. He was the APEC2021 Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Chair for New Zealand’s host year and in 2023 Vangelis will be chairing the Senior Officials' process that supports the CPTPP Ministerial meetings.
Vangelis was New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator who led the conclusion of negotiations for the New Zealand European Union Free Trade Agreement (EUNZFTA), the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) and before that the Malaysia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (MNZFTA). He was also a member of the negotiating teams for the New Zealand-China FTA and the P4 Agreement.
Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser and Second Permanent Secretary, United Kingdom Department for Business and Trade
Crawford has been doing this job since 2017. Prior to that he spent more than 25 years working on trade policy and negotiation in and outside government. As it happened, back in 1991, he co-authored a book that foreshadowed TPP and CPTPP: “Open Regionalism? NAFTA, CER and a Pacific Basin Initiative.” It has taken a few years, but last month he was pleased to see the UK join CPTPP.
This event is made possible through support from the New Zealand Embassy to the United States of America.