ASEAN at 45 - Regional hopes, global clout

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ASEAN at 45 - Regional hopes, global clout

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ASEAN has a new spring in its step. Growth rates are high, plans for ASEAN economic integration are picking up momentum and the organisation is in the driver’s seat of an array of free trade and regional integration initiatives spanning the region. ASEAN’s 10 member nations are committed to an ambitious plan to create an integrated economic community by 2015, a move which opens up new opportunities for European exporters and investors

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Welcome and registration
Session I - Keeping track of ASEAN integration
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ASEAN has a new spring in its step. Growth rates are high, plans for ASEAN economic integration are picking up momentum and the organisation is in the driver’s seat of an array of free trade and regional integration initiatives spanning the region. ASEAN’s 10 member nations are committed to an ambitious plan to create an integrated economic community by 2015, a move which opens up new opportunities for European exporters and investors. How open are ASEAN governments to European business? What is the impact of ASEAN’s various regional initiatives on trade and economic relations with Europe?What is driving ASEAN’s new regional integration agenda? How can ASEAN resolve its internal problems, including the under-staffing and under-funding of the ASEAN Secretariat? Are the organisation’s many plans and projects realistic? Is ASEAN members’ non-interference policy compatible with meeting 21st Century challenges?

Keynote addresses by

Karel De Gucht

EU Commissioner for Trade

Hartadi Sarwono

Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia

Speakers

Rafendi Djamin

Djamin

Daw War War Htun

President of MyanmarWomen Entrepreneurs Association (MWEA)

Rajat M. Nag

Pradap Pibulsonggram

Thailand’s Representative to the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC)

Moderators

Giles Merritt

Founder

Shada Islam

Managing Director at New Horizons Project

Coffee break
Session II - ASEAN's global outreach
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ASEAN is the focus of increased attention, both from its immediate neighbours and on the global stage. Gatherings such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the East Asia Summit draw leaders and senior officials from across the world. The country is being courted by the US, China, India, Australia and Japan as well as the EU. The EU and ASEAN have been close partners for 35 years. How does the EU-ASEAN relationship compare with ASEAN’s economic and diplomatic ties with other global players? Is ASEAN ready to give the EU a seat at the East Asia Summit? Now that countries are reopening contacts with Myanmar, will the EU and ASEAN retry to forge a free trade agreement? What are the areas, including disaster-preparedness, where the EU and ASEAN can step up their engagement? How will the EU and ASEAN like their relationship to evolve in the coming years?

Speakers

Joseph Mansilla

Anti-corruption activist,World Bank Institute (WBI), ICT4Gov Programme

David O’Sullivan

Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service (EEAS)

Andrea Perugini

Deputy Director General and Principal Director for Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy

Larry Stone

President, Group Public and Government Affairs at BT Group

Ngurah Swajaya

Ambassador of Indonesia’s Permanent Representation to ASEAN

Yeo Lay Hwee

Director of Nanyang Technological University’s European Union Centre

Moderators

Giles Merritt

Founder

Shada Islam

Managing Director at New Horizons Project

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