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15th ASEAN and Asia Forum

04 Aug 15th ASEAN and Asia Forum

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Themed “Rebuilding Resilience in a Prolonged Polycrisis”, the 15th AAF will address the challenges posed by the prolonged polycrisis affecting the world and the region, namely the US-China strategic rivalry, the Russia-Ukraine war, economic uncertainties, supply chain disruptions, rising inflation, and the lingering impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite these difficulties, ASEAN and Asia continue to experience growth exceeding global norms. For such optimism to be sustained, there is a need for close collaboration among ASEAN, its key partners in Asia, and the global community. The forum seeks to explore the implications of geopolitical tensions, promote cooperation between regional policymakers and business leaders, and identify strategies for building long-term resilience in the face of this prolonged polycrisis.

Event Details:  
Theme: Rebuilding Resilience in a Prolonged Polycrisis
Date: Friday, 4 August 2023
Time: 9:00am – 1:40pm (In-person registration begins at 8:30am)
Venue: Fullerton Hotel Singapore



Such hopes can best be advanced when ASEAN works in close collaboration with its key partners in Asia and across the world. While governments must take the lead, there is a critical role for businesses, as drivers of growth. To foster understanding and dialogue in our region amidst the global polycrisis, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is organising the 15th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF), on the theme “Rebuilding Resilience in a Prolonged Polycrisis”. We aim to focus on the following questions:  

  • What are the implications of the growing geopolitical tensions for ASEAN and Asia?  
  • How best can regional policymakers and business leaders continue to cooperate, integrate and foster stability in the region? 
  • How can governments and societies build long-term resilience to face the emerging implications from this prolonged polycrisis? 


Target Audience

Around 300 ASEAN stakeholders will be invited to participate in person. These include delegates from government agencies, private sector representatives, financial institutions, non-governmental organisations, as well as academics and members of the media.


Programme will be available here.


About the ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF)

Into its 15th edition, the AAF is a platform for the private sector to better understand the region’s political, economic, and strategic challenges, as well as their implications for businesses. The annual Forum draws more than 200 high-level corporate leaders and policymakers each year, and encourages open dialogue and networking among regional stakeholders.

Previous AAFs have featured Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, former Prime Minister of Singapore; Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin bin Yassin, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia; and U Soe Thane, Union Coordinating Minister for Economic Development, Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The AAF attracts significant media coverage, widely covered by both local and regional media outlets. News coverage of the AAF appears in media outlets such as TODAY, Channel NewsAsia (CNA), and Bloomberg, as well as via social media platform Twitter and Facebook. The media engagement has been useful in promoting awareness about ASEAN and international affairs.