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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. 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, and Hartadi Sarwono, Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia

Read the keynote address by H. Sarwono
  Rafendi Djamin, Representative of Indonesia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) 
Rajat Nag, Managing Director General of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)  Video interview
Pradap Pibulsonggram, Thailand's representative on ASEAN High Level Task Force on Connectivity
Daw War War Htun, President of Myanmar Women Entrepreneurs Association (MWEA)


Co-moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe and Shada Islam, Head of Policy at Friends of Europe



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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 Burma/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?

  Joseph Mansilla, member of the Global Youth Anti-Corruption (GYAC) Network
David O’Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service (EEAS)  Commentary - Video interview
Andrea Perugini, Principal Director for Asia at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs  Commentary
Larry Stone, President for Public and Government Affairs of the BT Group Commentary
Ngurah Swajaya, Ambassador of Indonesia’s Permanent Representation to ASEAN
Yeo Lay Hwee, Director of the European Union Centre, Singapore


  Co-moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe and Shada Islam, Head of Policy at Friends of Europe

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