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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 41st PAFTAD conference focuses on the theme ‘Globalization and the economics, technology and security nexus’. The Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) is hosting PAFTAD members from countries across the Asia Pacific at this milestone conference in Seoul from 17 to 19 June 2020.