‘New Era’ for Asian-European relations will be addressed by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) panel on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. The event will be held in partnership with the Foreign Correspondents Association (FCA) of Singapore and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) on 8 June 2017 at the National University of Singapore in Singapore.

Established in 1997 as the only permanent institution of the AsiaEurope Meeting (ASEM) process, ASEF has been playing a pivotal role in fostering better understanding and closer cooperation between Asia and Europe through its projects and activities in various thematic areas. Part of celebrating ASEF’s 20th year in 2017, the panel discussion titled “Asia & Europe: The Dawning of a New Era?” will gather representatives from different sectors from both regions. It will address how, in view of recent changes in US foreign policy, Asia and Europe reconsider their own global positions and roles, and how both regions will readjust the relationship between themselves.

The panel discussion is also a side event of ASEF’s 36th Board of Governors’ Meeting. Moderated by Ms Sharanjit LEYL, BBC Presenter & Producer and President of the FCA of Singapore, the diverse panel features a balanced representation of Asians and Europeans, public and private sectors, as well as the youth perspective:

Prof Tommy KOH, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore;

Prof Dr Helmut HAUSSMANN, ASEF Governor from German,  since 1997 Vice President, Capgemini Deutschland Holding GmbH, Former German Federal Minister of Economics

Dr KIM Gwang-jo, Director, UNESCO Asia & Pacific Regional Bureau of Education

Prof Beatrice WEDER DI MAURO, Professor of Economics, University of Mainz, Germany, Distinguished Fellow-in-residence Emerging Markets Institute, INSEAD Singapore

Ms Hillary BRIFFA, Doctoral Candidate & Graduate Teaching Assistant, King’s College, London.

Source: Media Release