Navarro visited Tokyo to discuss trade issues


Juan Navarro, associate faculty at the School of Business, was invited last week to visit Tokyo to hold meetings with business people and scholars from Japan. During these gatherings, Navarro presented his analysis on trade and investment issues in the context of free trade agreements occurring in the Asia Pacific region. The meetings were led by Mr. Motomu Takahashi who is the co-chair in the Regional Economic Integration Working Group from the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and counselor of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. During this visit, Navarro had the opportunity to exchange points of view on the current situation in the international trading system with outstanding researchers and academics from Japanese universities such as Professor Kawashima from Kobe University, Professor Kawase from Sophia University and Professor Watanabe from Gakushuin University.

Navarro has been specializing in the analysis of Next Generation Trade and Investment Issues (NGeTI) and Free Trade Agreements that can serve as pathways towards the realization of the Free Trade Area in the Asia Pacific (FTAAP). In the last few years, Navarro has completed reports for global organizations and he has presented his research projects in international forums. His last report, completed for the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) last year, was endorsed by the ABAC plenary to submit to the Second APEC Senior Official Meeting (SOM2), and due to the interest generated in the report, he was invited by the APEC Chair to present his findings in Chile in May 2019. Navarro is currently working on a new project related to competition policy that he will present in Sydney, Australia this year.