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ASEAN connectivity: A role for Europe?


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Connectivity is crucial for ASEAN integration, the building of an ASEAN Economic Community by end-2015 and ensuring the grouping’s centrality in an evolving and dynamic regional architecture.  The ambitious Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity adopted in 2010 includes the building of institutional, physical and people-to-people linkages among the ten countries – and also within countries. Physical connectivity includes transport, communication and energy projects while institutional connectivity covers trade and economic areas including trade and investment liberalisation and capacity building. People-to-people connectivity, meanwhile, includes tourism, education and culture. How much progress has ASEAN achieved in implementing the Master Plan for Connectivity? How are the projects being financed? What is the role of the private sector in promoting and encouraging ASEAN connectivity?  How is ASEAN civil society being brought into the discussion and programmes? Can the EU help in speeding up ASEAN connectivity through its own experience and expertise? What business opportunities do the connectivity plans open up for European enterprises?


Jean-Claude Boidin, Head of Unit at the European Commission Directorate General for Development and Cooperation
Elizabeth Buensuceso, Philippines’ Representative to the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) - the body tasked to coordinate and oversee the effective implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity
Lim Chze Cheen, Head of the ASEAN Connectivity Division at the ASEAN Secretariat
Pradap Pibulsonggram, Thailand’s Representative to the ACCC
Rahmat Pramono, Indonesia’s Representative to the ACCC



Moderated by Shada Islam, Director of Policy at Friends of Europe


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