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3rd ASEAN and Asia Forum: Asia's Rise, ASEAN's Future

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Date/Time: Nov 06, 2010 / 8.30am-11.00pm
Venue: Asian Civilisation Museum

The next few decades are widely expected to belong to Asia, in both the political and financial realms. With regional giants like China and India leading the way, it seems certain that a geopolitical power shift from the West to the East is inevitable. 

The role of ASEAN amid this evolving landscape as well as the recovery from the recent global financial crisis is fast becoming a key issue for businesses and governments in the region. 

As the momentum of global leadership shifts from the West to the East, traditional groupings such as the G7 appear to have accepted the need to share responsibility of world economic policy with the G20, which seats nine APEC members as well as the ASEAN Chair.

Some are also arguing that US President Barack Obama appears to have charted a more subtle, strategic course for America’s diplomacy in Asia, with visible and critical implications.

ASEAN remains at the center of many multilateral institutions in East Asia, but there has been recent pressure to rethink its role, with calls for a new regional institution or community. These developments suggest that ASEAN and Asia are likely to find themselves taking on new roles in the coming decade, and that such roles may be increasingly significant regionally and globally.

With this in mind, the 3rd ASEAN and Asia Forum aims to share insights and critical perspectives about the region’s economic and political conditions, and also address new challenges ahead for the people of ASEAN and Asia.

Keynote speakers include Mrs. Lim Hwee Hua, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and Transport and Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary-General.

For more information, please visit http://aseanasiaforum.com

Programme Schedule: 
0830 Registration
Coffee and Tea Reception
0900 Welcome Address
Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)
0910 Keynote Address


Mr. Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

0940 Q & A
1000 Session 1: Global Crisis, Asian Growth


As the world rebalances in the wake of the global financial crisis,
our expert panel looks at how Asia’s place and ASEAN’s relevance in the
new world economic order.

  • Has Asia decoupled completely from the West, and if so, what has it coupled to? Is it China and India?
  • Where does ASEAN stand – will it be marginalized or can it be a central lynchpin?
  • What role is there for the USA in the region?


Dr. Denis Hew, Regional Cooperation Specialist, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Mr. Endy Bayuni, Senior Editor, Jakarta Post

Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)


Sir Tim Lankester, Vice Chairman, Worldwide Support for Development

1100 Q & A
1120 Tea Break

Session 2: Challenges for ASEAN from within 
What are some of the key internal challenges facing ASEAN today? The member states all have diverse natures, meaning that each faces unique situations. But there are some common underlying issues.

  • How do domestic issues such as the political instability in Thailand and the religious tensions in Malaysia shape the policies and focus of ASEAN?
  • What is the future of ASEAN engagement with the US?
  • Where are the next likely hotspots in the region and what can ASEAN do as a grouping to address these?

Lead Panelist

Dr. Hidetoshi Nishimura, Executive Director, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)


Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Assistant Group Editor, Nation Multimedia Group

Mr. Manu Bhaskaran, Partner and Member of the Board, Centennial Group

Dr. Rizal Sukma, Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)


Mr. John Pang, Chief Executive Officer, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) 

1240 Q & A
1300 Lunch

Session 3: Energy and the Environment: The Impact for Asia

In the wake of the disappointing outcome of the 2009 United Nations
Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, all eyes are now on the next
round of meetings by global environmental ministers in Cancun, Mexico,
in November, 2010. A panel of experts examines what this means for ASEAN

  • How can ASEAN create and tap on “eco-advantages” in business?
  • What’s next for international institutions and lawmaking after Copenhagen and what must be on the agenda for Cancun?
  • What is Southeast Asia’s energy future and what security risks are posed by climate change?


Prof. Ann Florini, Director, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Mr. Lawrence Wong, Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority

Mr. Warren Fernandez, Regional Director (Asia Pacific), Global Communications Strategy, Shell Eastern Petroleum


Mr. Nick Fang, Director, Singapore Institute of International Affairs 

1515 Q & A
1535 Tea Break
1600 Session 4: The Next Decade


ASEAN continues to adapt to new challenges, embrace new opportunities
and establish its role in the region. We hear from a prominent policy
maker on whether the emerging consensus holds true in this period of
change and uncertainty:

  • How significant will the shift in economic and political power from West to East be over the next 10 years?
  • Will ASEAN have to play a different role in the regional political architecture?
  • Which nations will be at the forefront of the ASEAN movement in the next decade?
  • With the rise of China and India as economic powers, will business
    interests supersede political concerns as the main drivers of
    development in ASEAN?

In Conversation with

Mr. Jose Isidro (Lito) Camacho, Vice Chairman, Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse AG

Mr. Liew Mun Leong, Chief Executive Officer, CapitaLand Group

Moderated by

Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

1700 Q & A
1720 Tea Break
1730 Closing Dialogue: ASEAN in the rise of Asia


Post-crisis trends point to Asia’s continued or even accelerated
rise. But in the aftermath of the crisis, there have been tectonic
shifts in the global economy as well as in geopolitics. These will
create new challenges for ASEAN, but also lead to new opportunities.

  • How is ASEAN positioned in the rise of Asia? Can it keep up with others?
  • How should ASEAN react to challenges and opportunities in an increasingly China-centric Asia?
  • How can ASEAN continue to engage the United States, and what role
    does ASEAN have in shaping an inclusive, comprehensive regional
    architecture of the Asia-Pacific?

In Conversation with

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary-General

Moderated by

Ms. Debra Soon, Managing Director, Channel News Asia

With  Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

1830 Q & A
1850 Closing Address


Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

1900-2100 Cocktail Reception


Venue: IndoChine Bar Opiume • 1 Empress Place, Asian Civilisation Museum, Singapore 179555


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