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ALF 2009
“ASEAN After The Global Economic Crisis: Rebuilding
Economies, Regenerating Growth”
June 19, 2009 ♣ Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok


Press Release:



FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009

The ASEAN Leadership Forum is an Annual Forum organized since 2001 by the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) and the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta with the strong support of the then ASEAN Secretary General Ong Keng Yong.  The current ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan continued the support given to the Forum when he delivered the Keynote Address at the 5th Forum held in Singapore in June 2008.

The ASEAN Leadership Forum brings together key stakeholders in ASEAN’s Future – Government, Business, Civil Society and Academia to discuss the key leadership challenges facing ASEAN.  These Public Forums have stimulated interactive discussions on the future and relevance of ASEAN and what ASEAN means to the people of Southeast Asia.  Past Forums have included Special Sessions with women and young leaders, business leaders and thought leaders.

In June 2008, this quality brand, the ASEAN Leadership Forum was held in Singapore and co-organised by ASLI and the leading Think Tank – the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies – ISEAS Singapore with the support of the ASEAN Secretariat and the Hanns Seidel Foundation.  Singapore was the venue last year being the ASEAN Chair.  This year with Thailand assuming the ASEAN Chair, the Forum shifts to Bangkok with ASLI collaborating with the ASEAN AFFAIRS – a leading ASEAN publication as the co-organiser.

2009 is a challenging year for ASEAN.  With the ASEAN Charter coming into effect this year following the signing by the ASEAN Heads at the last Summit in Singapore and the ratifications by all ASEAN member countries, ASEAN has a new beginning.  Yet, with the unfolding of the global economic crisis the economies of the ASEAN countries faces an economic tsunami – the worst in over a decade since the last Asia Financial Crisis in 2008.  ASEAN continues to face economic challenges brought about by the global economic crisis – rising unemployment, shrinking exports, business closures.  However, ASEAN still has a tremendous future ahead with its young population, vast natural resources and a combined market of 550 million people.  The promise of ASEAN is yet to be realized.

The 6th ASEAN Leadership Forum convening in Bangkok will take stock of the critical issues facing ASEAN after the global economic crisis, evaluate the strategic challenges ahead, search for consensus on what needs to be done and identify emerging business and investment opportunities.  This is the Forum for leaders of ASEAN’s business community, civic organizations and academic institutions to come together to re-affirm their confidence in ASEAN’s future.

• See the 6th ASEAN Leadership Forum program with pictures and presentation.

See the list of Corporate, Government, Think-tank leaders who attended.

ASEANAFFAIRS - The only global publication from Southeast Asia. ASIAN STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (ASLI)
ASEAN Affairs with our Daily Online edition at , Bi-Monthly Print magazine, Monthly
TV Program (Asean Round Up), Special Newspaper Supplements on National Days of Asean & Trade Partner
countries and Events & Research make up the unique media that is ASEANAFFAIRS, into its third year of publishing.
Discover brave new Southeast Asia (Asean) and use this unique multimedia to reach out your message across
the globe. ASEANAFFAIRS is the First and Only publication from Asia reaching a global audience through its
daily online edition and Print magazine available in 35 countries-Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Philippines, 27 Countries of the Euro zone, USA and Canada. Distributors in Australia, NZ and South Africa will be
appointed soon taking the print magazine to 5 continents. WWW.ASEANAFFAIRS.COM is ranked among the top 10
sites and the No.1 site in Southeast Asia (news & media) ahead of CNN.Com, (Alexa ranking). With over 5000
pages of content and growing daily, the site is a treasure trove of news, analysis, features, country profiles, daily
updates by countries and topics, videos, research reports, press releases and much more, receiving thousands
of hits everyday. Readers of ASEANAFFAIRS are influential and hi net worth people- businessmen, governments,
diplomats, top executives, think tanks, investors, financial institutions and everyone interested in this dynamic
region of South East Asia -10 nations with a population of 560m and USD 1 Trillion + economy.

ASLI is dedicated to creating a better society and is an independent not-for-profit organization that promotes
leadership, strategic thinking and bilateral business partnerships. ASLI’s mission is to help organizations enhance
leadership and strategic capabilities through the interchange of ideas, information and knowledge. Towards
that end, ASLI continuously engages in the research and implementation of strategic leadership programmes,
publications, conferences, CEO Membership Forums, and international bilateral business missions.

ASLI’s events have been addressed by Heads of State, Prime Ministers, Senior Cabinet Ministers, Captains of Industry
and prominent Strategic Thinkers to discuss issues of strategic importance to Governments and Businesses. ASLI
has, over the years, organized high-level programmes focusing on bilateral business partnerships in Singapore,
Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Britain, Germany, China and South Africa. All net proceeds
from ASLI’s programmes are donated to the non-profit ASLI Foundation. ASLI is also the Malaysian Secretariat of
various bilateral Business Councils.



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