Moving fast, moving safe: connecting Asia and Europe

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Moving fast, moving safe: connecting Asia and Europe

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The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the need for a digital transition and the enhancement of existing infrastructures. Vulnerabilities were exposed as systems suffered from various bugs and cyberattacks, while mis- and disinformation threatened digital aspirations worldwide. China’s ambition for technological self-reliance now matches the EU’s digital sovereignty efforts and raises questions on the possible extent of cooperation in the digital sphere. Across Asia, masterplans for digital connectivity include traditional sectors, such as education, but also e-commerce; in this context, Europe’s own connectivity plans, particularly for ASEAN, can dovetail to bring about wider Asia-Europe connectivity. In the post-COVID-19 recovery, technology’s role extends further, to all sectors of life and industry—from automation in agriculture to digital health systems and communication in the finance sector. The new markets for technology around the world seem endless, and are already growing – but competition within these new markets is fierce. In an era of domestic priorities and with ever-increasing demand for fast and secure networks, how can Europe and Asia collaborate to lead the way in technological advances, and ensure safe, free and open digital spaces?

This discussion is part of our Europe-China Dialogue, which sits within a broader framework of Europe – Asia dialogues, a series that looks at the areas of convergence and divergence between Europe and Asia as a whole, on structural and thematic issues of economics – trade and investment, connectivity, health, and biodiversity amongst others.


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Questions include

  • In what ways has the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated and heightened the societal impact of disruptive technologies?
  • How can the EU ensure that its digital connectivity agenda in the development cooperation field remains a tool for open and inclusive connectivity? What role does coordination with like-minded partners play in this regard?
  • What are the prospects for increased EU-China cooperation to foster a trust-based, comprehensive digital connectivity strategy for the benefit of both China and the EU but also third countries?

Speakers

Samir Abdelkrim

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Emerging Valley and 2020-2021 European Young Leader (EYL40)

Maaike Okano-Heijmans

Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael Institute

Cyn-Young Park

Director of the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Samir Abdelkrim

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Emerging Valley and 2020-2021 European Young Leader (EYL40)

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Samir Abdelkrim  is not only a French entrepreneur but also an author and a tech reporter. Passionate about all things digital, he founded EMERGING Valley as an international summit on African innovation to connect tech start-ups with investors, thinkers and decision-makers across continents. He also leads StartupBRICS, a company that provides insights on entrepreneurship in emerging economies. Abdelkrim is a former chronicler on African tech entrepreneurs for Le Monde and has also featured in the Huffington Post, Le Point and Les Echos. His book, “Startup Lions”, chronicles his experience travelling the African continent in search of the most interesting and innovative tech start-ups. With French President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative “Summit of the Two Shores of the Mediterranean”, Abdelkrim was amongst 10 selected to make proposals to relaunch European and Mediterranean cooperation.

Maaike Okano-Heijmans
Maaike Okano-Heijmans

Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael Institute

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Maaike Okano-Heijmans leads Clingendael’s projects on geopolitics, great powers and global governance for the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense. Her main research interests are in digital connectivity and the geopolitics of high-tech in EU-Asia relations, with a special focus on China, Japan and the Indo-Pacific. A key question underlying much of her work is how the fourth industrial revolution shapes international relations and what this means for the EU and its member states. Recent projects concern digital development cooperation, the geopolitics of fintech, China’s Digital Silk Road and Europe’s Digital Decade. With over 15 years of experience in policy-oriented research, Okano-Heijmans is also a Visiting Lecturer at Leiden University.

Cyn-Young Park
Cyn-Young Park

Director of the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Cyn-Young Park manages a team of economists at ADB to examine economic and policy issues related to regional cooperation and integration (RCI) and develop supporting strategies and approaches. She has been a main author and contributor of the bank’s major publications, including its flagship ‘Asian Development Outlook’. Park has participated in various global and regional forums, such as the G20 Development Working Group, ASEAN, ASEAN+3, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Previously an economist at the OECD, Park has also lectured extensively and published works in peer-reviewed academic journals about the Asian economy and financial markets.

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