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 economic policy questions facing the region.
PAFTAD promotes policy-oriented academic research and discussion of Asia Pacific economic issues, and serves as an authoritative source of analysis in the Pacific area by providing a forum for forward-looking dialogue on important policy issues.
Each PAFTAD conference is organised around a particular theme; research papers addressing the theme are presented and discussed. The results are published in the PAFTAD book series.
The 39th PAFTAD conference focused on the theme Growth, globalization, and intergenerational issues in the Asia Pacific. The Japan Center for Economic Research hosted PAFTAD members from countries across the Asia Pacific at this 50th anniversary conference in Tokyo from 31 January to 2 February 2018.