Workshop – International Trade, social and environmental policies in Southeast Asia 18th May 2022

Southeast Asia has become one of the most dynamic regions in international trade. Its participation in global value chains has increased and manufacturing industry plays a key role in its economic growth. However, as the emerging Asian economies are heavily dependent upon tourism and exports, they have been particularly affected by the pandemic-induced global recession, putting key growth drivers under strain and narrowing fiscal space. The crisis has also increased the need to strengthen the capacity of the health system and to implement social policy measures against the rise of poverty and social inequalities.

Southeast Asia has been also increasingly exposed to climate change. The region experiences a disproportionate amount of climate disasters and extreme weather events, which have significant impact on the region’s economies. COVID-19 has accelerated climate and social awareness in Southeast Asia, reinforcing the need to develop more resilient, localized supply chains, to reduce inequalities and to develop social protection, especially health cover. Therefore, transition to an environmentally sustainable growth model is a critical issue for its future.

In such a context, the workshop will aim at analyzing the links between international competitiveness and labor standards, the role of social and environmental policies and their contribution to sustainable development in the region. It will discuss how social and environmental protection systems could be combined and it will ask to what extent taking environmental protection into account may or may not represent an asset in terms of social development.

Draft Program

8:45-9:00 Opening

Thomas Vallée, Cooperation Attaché, French Embassy to Cambodia

Laurent Mesmann, Special Advisor to the Rector,RULE (project GREENCAP)

9:00-9:15 Introduction

Pascale Turquet, Associate Professor, Rennes 2 University – What links between social and environmental policies in Southeast Asia?


Expanding health cover in Cambodia (TBC)


Hiromi Takahashi-Romanelli, Associate Professor, Rennes 2 University – Work-family conflict among female employees and social protection in Japan

9:45-10:15 Q&A


Marc Lautier, Professor, Rennes 2 University – International competitiveness changes and labor standards in the Textile industry


Energy/Environment in Cambodia (TBC)


Climate Change and Social Impacts ? Climate Change and Urbanization ? ( (TBC))

11:15-12:00 Q&A


Conseiller Spécial du Recteur/ Special Advisor to the Rector
Coopération Universitaire / Academic cooperation
Université Royale de Droit et de Sciences Economiques (URDSE) / Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE)
Phnom Penh, CAMBODGE

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