The Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD) Conference Series
The Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD) Conference series is an informal private academic conference series that, since its origins in 1968, has developed into a driving force behind the development of thought on Pacific trade and development issues and important economic policy questions facing the region.
The ideas and discussions generated by PAFTAD have helped drive and shape other Pacific economic cooperation organisations, including Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference.
PHOTO: A group photo from the opening of PAFTAD37: Asia and the Middle Income Trap, on 3 June 2015 in Singapore.
Each PAFTAD conference is organised around a particular theme, and research papers addressing the topic are presented and discussed. The results are published in the PAFTAD volume series.
The 37th PAFTAD Conference was hosted by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, from 3-5 June 2015 on the theme Asia and the Middle Income Trap. The conference brought together 50 leading thinkers from around the world to discussed papers relevant to the theme; the papers will be published in to a book in 2016. The 38th PAFTAD Conference will be hosted by the East Asia Bureau of Economic Research in Canberra on the topic of Asian Economic Integration Strategies from 22-24 November 2016.