ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Asia-Pacific Weeks 2009
High level panel discussion:
"The Crisis as an Opportunity - Possibilities for Closer
Cooperation between Europe and Asia"
on October 7, 2009 in Berlin, Germany
Location: Großer Saal, Town Hall / Berlin Mitte
In the Picture, standing from Left to Right
Rüdiger Freiherr von Fritsch, Director General, Department for Economics and Sustainable Development, Federal Foreign Office (AA), Germany.
Charivat Santaputra, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand
Dr. Fauzi Bowo, Governor of Jakarta, Indonesia
Ms. Vu Xuan Nguyet Hong, Vice President, Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Vietnam
Swarup Roy, Founder & CEO of ASEANAFFAIRS and Moderator of the Hi-Level Panel Discussion.
Ms. Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director General in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany. Head of the Directorate for “Cooperation with Countries and Regions; Asia, Latin America, Europe, Peace building, United Nations”
Ambassador Santosh Kumar, Senior Consultant, Indian Council for Research on International Economic relations (ICRIER), a leading independent think-tank on economic and strategic issues.
Mr. Aladdin D. Rillo, Assistant Director, Head of Division for Finance Integration, ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta
High level panel discussion: "The Crisis as an Opportunity - Possibilities for Closer
Cooperation between Europe and Asia" on October 7, 2009 in Berlin, Germany
Welcome and Keynotes: 16.00 - 16.50
Panel Discussion: 16.50 - 19.00
Location: Großer Saal, Town Hall / Berlin Mitte
Working languages: German and English
The high Level panel discussion organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Senate Chancellery Berlin was the first session of the Asia Pacific Weeks 2009 held in Berlin. The 7th Asia-Pacific Weeks will be held in Berlin October 7-18 under the heading "Asia-Pacific: Partners for a Common Future." This series of events, initiated by Berlin's governing mayor in 1997, transforms Berlin into the "gateway to the Asia-Pacific" in the fall every other year. With more than 150 business-, science-, and culture-related events, the German capital presents an estimated 250,000 visitors with a discussion forum unique throughout Europe.
Earlier in the day, the governing mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit launched this year's Asia-Pacific Weeks with an official ceremony at the concert hall on Gendarmenmarkt. The guest of honor was Fauzi Bowo, the governor of one of Berlin's partner cities: Jakarta. Dr Fauzi Bowo also took part in high-level podium debate, which debated on the opportunities for closer cooperation between Europe and Asia.
Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit unveiled the program of the Asia-Pacific Weeks at a press conference last Wednesday in which he stressed the relevance of exchanges between Germany and Asian nations. "Especially in view of global challenges such as the scarcity of resources and the global increase in urbanization, honest exchanges of experiences and know-how between Europe and Asia are the basic prerequisite for any attempt to work together hand-in-hand as partners for a common future," he said. Rolf Eckrodt, the president of the Asia- Pacific Forum Berlin, added, "The key themes of the Asia-Pacific Weeks Berlin 2009 - mobility and energy - show that we will once again be focusing on global questions about the future The specialist conferences on global mobility and energy for the future will, among other things, discuss the national and international challenges of the environmentally-friendly transportation of people and goods as well as the opportunities for sustainable and responsible energy generation and utilization."
The high level panel discussion began by a welcome by Jens-Peter Heuer, Permanent Secretary, Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues, Berlin followed by Keynote addresses by Ms. Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director General in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany. Head of the Directorate for “Cooperation with Countries and Regions; Asia, Latin America, Europe, Peace building, United Nations” followed by Charivat Santaputra, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand and Sudhir Vyas, Ambassador of India.
Mrs Hoven stressed the need for Europe and Germany to work closely with developing nations in Asia to help them overcome the financial crisis and ensure that the gap in funds for development created by the crisis do throw development plans of these nations out of gear. She said the impact of the crisis affected the most vulnerable in these societies, namely the women and children. Therefore cooperation between Europe and Asia needs to become more closer than ever before and any protectionist tendencies should be resisted on either side.
Thai Ambassador Santaputra in his keynote highlighted the role of the 10 nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and Thailand as the current Chairman on how it has been dealing with the crisis. He detailed the stimulus packages of the Thai government, both the short term and the long term (mega projects) that is slowly lifting the Thai economy out of the recession. He believed Asia had learnt from the last financial crisis of 1997 which started from Thailand and the financial institutions of Asean are much more resilient and prudent in its lending practices today. He called for closer cooperation between Europe and Asean stressing the need for closer understanding of how Asian economies and how they function.
The final keynote speech delivered by Indian Ambassador Sudhir Vyas was a presentation on how India has avoided the crisis that has taken the west in its grip. He attributed this largely to the large domestic market that India enjoys and said the scorching pace of growth in the last few years had put India on a firm trajectory of healthy growth which will continue for years to come. Indian Financial institutions were very robust and very prudent avoiding the reckless practices of wall street. He said that Europe was one of India’s largest trading partners and in the years ahead this partnership will become even more stronger and grow rapidly.
After the Keynote were delivered, Dr Guenther Taube of InWEnt introduced the moderator, Mr Swarup Roy of ASEAN AFFAIRS-The Global publication from Southeast Asia. He said Mr Roy has helped InWEnt in many ways to ensure the success of the forum/panel discussion today.
Mr Roy then took the stage and invited all the panelists to the stage. He began by introducing the topic to the audience and then introduced the panelists one by one and each of them made a presentation of approximately seven minutes. Here is the introduction to the topic and brief on each of the panelists.
Good afternoon, Excellencies, Distinguished Speakers and panelists, ladies and gentlemen and friends.
Greetings from Asia. I’m Swarup Roy, your moderator for the Hi-Level Panel discussion today. I’m the Founder and CEO of ASEAN AFFAIRS-the only global publication from Southeast Asia. I want to begin by thanking…….
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), InWEnt – Capacity Building International, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the Senate Chancellery, Berlin for organizing this High Level Panel discussion.
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