--UPDATE--World Economic Forum on East Asia to tackle Asian connectivity; Aung San Suu Kyi starts overseas trip

Updated On: Jun 05, 2012

-- UPDATE-- The World Economic Forum on East Asia took place in Bangkok last week, organised by the same group behind the world-renowned conference in Davos. Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was a prominent speaker at the event along with noted business leaders and government officials from 50 countries.

As the event drew to a close last Friday, Thailand called its hosting of the 21st World Economic Forum a success for it has shown the international community the country’s economic stablility. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Deputy Director-General of the Information Department Sek Wannamethee said that the conference has shown to the world that “Thailand has strong economic fundamentals and concrete policies that emphasize on trade, investment and exports, and also a proof of its stance as the centre of ASEAN.”

Issued raised at the forum included such topics as the connectivity between state and private sectors and the development of infrastucture, transportation and information technology in East Asia.

World Economic Forum on East Asia 2012

Hundreds of the world’s business leaders and leading policymakers will arrive in Bangkok, Thailand to attend the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2012 held from 30 May to 1 June 2012.  Organised by the World Economic Forum, this year’s theme will be “Shaping the Region’s Future through Connectivity”.

Issues to be covered during the forum will be largely focused on ASEAN economic integration and the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.  Other issues scheduled to be discussed include infrastructure development, financial integration, education, labour, security risks Asia is facing, and environmental protection.

Some of speakers at the forum include Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, leaders from Bahrain, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia; ASEAN Secretary-General, Surin Pitsuwan; director-general of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy; secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, Supachai Panitchpakdi; and Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar opposition party, the National League for Democracy.

Aung San Suu Kyi Makes Overseas Trip

For Aung San Suu Kyi, perhaps one of the most prominent speakers at the event, this trip to Bangkok is a landmark one.  It will mark Aung San Suu Kyi’s first time out of Myanmar in 24 years.  She is scheduled to appear in a panel regarding Asian women on 1 June 2012.  While in Thailand, Aung San Suu Kyi also plans to visit a Burmese refugee camps, as well as meet Burmese migrant workers in Thailand.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s appearance at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in 2012 marks the start of a longer overseas tour.  She is scheduled to travel to England in mid-June, where she will celebrate her 67th birthday with her younger son.  Aung San Suu Kyi will also address the International Labor Organization in Switzerland, and she will also receive her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in Norway.  Reports from France’s Foreign Ministry also indicate that she plans to make a stop in Paris.  Irish media has also reported that she will be on stage together with U2 frontman, Bono – one of her strongest supporters – during a concert.

Report: After Nearly a Quarter Century of Isolation, Burma’s Suu Kyi Begins Her Global Tour (TIME, 29 May 2012)

Report: World Economic Forum kicking off (Bangkok Post, 28 May 2012)

Report: Asia rising, but no time for complacency (Bangkok Post, 29 May 2012)

Report: Aung San Suu Kyi’s Bangkok trip marks beginning of landmark world tour(Guardian, 29 May 2012)

Report: Thailand boasts a success in hosting WEF on East Asia (Thai News, 2 June, 2012)

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