The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still leaving its mark on the global economy. In the Asia-Pacific region, as elsewhere, the rapid increase in infection rates met with diversified responses, including various containment measures and even strict nationwide lockdowns. These limitations had both a direct and an indirect impact on economies, societies, and politics. These three aspects of reality in the Asia Pacific have undergone irreversible and multidimensional changes since the coronavirus outbreak.
Moreover, it is worth emphasizing that these shifts and transitions occurred with varied intensity in the individual countries because of the unequal progress of the pandemic and the applied measures. The severe deterioration in the second quarter of 2020 was either the beginning of the deepening economic crisis for some countries or the beginning of the recovery process for others. It resulted in a multispeed adjustment to the new economic, social and political reality and progressive inequality in the Asia-Pacific region.
Knowing how the coronavirus pandemic has already affected this region (and individual countries) and how this crisis has dramatically influenced the three aspects mentioned above, the time has come to ask questions about the future. What will be the post-pandemic reality in the Asia-Pacific region? What opportunities and threats will arise from this crisis? What will the new order in this region look like in the context of the economic, social, and political changes?
The aim and scope of the conference
The 10th Asia-Pacific International Conference is entirely dedicated to answering these fundamental questions. It aims to provide an open platform to facilitate sharing ideas and findings in the post-pandemic reality in the Asia Pacific. The Asia-Pacific Research Centre at the Wroclaw University of Economics & Business, together with its foreign partners, would like to invite submissions of completed manuscripts, research-in-progress papers, panel proposals, workshop and tutorial proposals addressing the economic, social, and political aspects of the new order in the Asia-Pacific region.
The beginnings of our conferences date back to 2008 when we invited researchers and practitioners who focus on the Asia-Pacific region to the Wroclaw University of Economics and Business for the first time. From that moment on, economists, political scientists, diplomats, and members of the business community and entrepreneurs have established a platform for discussions and deliberations about the current trends and phenomena occurring in that region and shaping the global economy. During our Asia-Pacific conferences, we hosted many honourable guests, among them the Ambassador of New Zealand Mrs Ruth Pearce (2010, 2011), the Ambassador of Australia Mrs Jean Dunn (2012), the Ambassador of Japan Mr Makoto Yamanaka (2011), the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Mr Ji-in Hong (2014), the Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines Mrs Patricia Ann V. Paez (2014), the Ambassador of India Mr Ajay Bisaria (2015), the Ambassador of Japan MrShigeo Matsutomi (2016), Mr Alain Ruche from the European Commission (2011), as well as representatives of the Polish government and the Polish diplomatic service and many experts from different scientific centres around the world and Poland. After a few years’ break, we want to resume organizing these fruitful meetings of people representing diverse cultures and specializations, sharing their views on contemporary global issues within the Asia-Pacific annual conference framework. You are cordially invited to join us on the occasion of the 10th edition of our event.
The Asia-Pacific Research Centre
The Asia-Pacific Research Centre is a research unit at the Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, whose primary objective is to initiate and conduct interdisciplinary research projects addressing issues concerning the Asia-Pacific region and its relations with Europe. Moreover, the APRC works on establishing and sustaining the network between the University and the Asia-Pacific region and European research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and public institutions. Regarding the academic mission to share knowledge and expertise, the APRC cooperates with members of the Asia-Pacific business community operating in Poland (especially in Lower Silesia) and the Polish and European entrepreneurs conducting their business activity in the Asia-Pacific countries. The APRC members prepared many analyses concerning the Asia-Pacific markets, including specialist reports for the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (currently the Polish Investment and Trade Agency). Moreover, in 2019, with the support of the INTEREKON programme and in cooperation with the Takasaki City University of Economics, the APRC established the Polish-Japanese interdisciplinary research team.