The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ambassadors’ Panel Discussion: “The Future of Southeast Asia as an Epicentre of Growth”
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Following on from the successful Ambassadors’ Talk in Groningen last February, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia has organised a public panel discussion event in Maastricht on Wednesday 15 November to raise awareness about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) among the academic communities of Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT.
Regarding attendance from the general public, Maastricht residents who are natives of (or otherwise affiliated with) Southeast Asian countries - and/or who are interested in the activities of ASEAN - are also very warmly welcome.
The main objective of this event is to share and provide the latest updates on how ASEAN diplomacy plays a pivotal role on both a regional and global level.
Date: Wednesday 15 November 2023
Time: 14:30 - 16:30 CET
Location: Belvédère, Fenikshof 1, 6211 AX Maastricht
[NB. The Belvédère building is behind UNU-MERIT - if you are having any difficulties finding the location, please ask at UNU-MERIT reception (Boschstraat 24).]
14.30 – 15.00: Welcome reception. UM and UNU-MERIT staff and students (as well as external audience members) are invited to join this reception to talk to ASEAN Ambassadors informally, while enjoying signature snacks from ASEAN countries
15.00 – 15.05: Welcome remarks by UNU-MERIT Director Bartel van der Walle and a representative from Maastricht University
15.05 – 15.10: Welcome remarks by Ambassador Mayerfas (Indonesia) on behalf of ASEAN
15.10 – 16.00: Panel discussion by ASEAN Ambassadors; the moderator will ask questions to the speakers
16.00 – 16.15: Reflections from Wim Muller, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law (Maastricht University), Thao Trang Nguyen, PhD fellow (UNU-MERIT), Praachi Kumar, PhD fellow (UNU-MERIT) and Nareswara Wiadnyana, MPP student (UNU-MERIT)
16.15 – 16.30: Q&A session (the moderator will take questions from the audience for our speakers)
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For those joining online, please click here for the Zoom link.
Context of the event
The world is facing unprecedented multidimensional crises, such as the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, mounting tensions at Taiwan Strait and West Bank, as well as the looming threat of economic recession. Rivalries between major powers are also growing at an alarming pace. Concurrently, climate change may as well cause a multiplier effect to those crises. Against this backdrop, ASEAN remains a primary driving force in fostering collaboration in the region and beyond, while maintaining its central role in regional cooperation mechanisms.
Nearing the end of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, ASEAN is currently working on an ASEAN Community Post-2025 Vision towards ASEAN 2045 that will serve as a guidance for ASEAN cooperation for the next twenty years. In 2045, ASEAN will have the world's third-largest population after China and India, and the world's number 4 economic powerhouse after China, the United States, and Japan/India.
“ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth” is the theme of Indonesia’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2023. One of the most important deliverables of the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits held in Jakarta in September is the adoption of the Jakarta Declaration or ASEAN Concord IV. It contains a list of programme of action to ensure that ASEAN matters to its people and remains an epicentre of growth in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. It also serves as a solid foundation and reflects the commitment to work towards the ASEAN Community Vision 2045.
UNU-MERIT Director, Bartel van der Walle.
Ambassador of Indonesia, H.E. Mayerfas.
Ambassador of Cambodia, H.E. Nong Sakal.
Ambassador-designate of Malaysia, H.E. Roseli Abdul.
Ambassador of Myanmar, H.E. Soe Lynn Han.
Ambassador of the Philippines, H.E. Jose Eduardo III Malaya.
Charge d’Affaires of Royal Thai Embassy, Ms. Chonvipat Changtrakul.
Moderator: Michal Natorski (Assistant Professor, UNU-MERIT).
If you have any questions or would like to know more about this event, please contact the co-organisers (on behalf of UNU-MERIT): Mindel van de Laar and Julieta Marotta.
Venue: Belvédère, Fenikshof 1, 6211 AX Maastricht and online
Date: 15 November 2023
Time: 14:30 - 16:30 CET