[Blueboard] ASEAN charter international conference

Ateneo Center for Asian Studies acas at admu.edu.ph
Fri Feb 15 10:20:45 PHT 2008


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LYDIA N. YU JOSE, Ph.D.
Executive Director
ATENEO CENTER FOR ASIAN STUDIES (ACAS)
School of Social Sciences

*Mark your calendars!* INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE
ASEAN CHARTER FOR EAST ASIAN INTEGRATION



The AIM Policy Center, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung,
will convene a high-level *International Conference on the Implications of
the ASEAN Charter for East Asian Integration* on *12 March 2008*, Wednesday,
from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the *Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila*.



On 4 February 2005, the combined efforts of the AIM Policy Center, Fidel V.
Ramos Research Chair in Policy Studies, and the Japan Economic Foundation
(JEF) paved the way for an insightful discussion on the prospects of
regional integration through bilateral and regional free trade agreements
(FTAs). The conference, entitled *An Integrated Roadmap to an East Asian
Free Trade Agreement (EAFTA)*, brought together leading Asian personalities
championing the discussion of FTAs.



After nearly three years, and in light of recent developments in the region,
the AIM Policy Center and the Fidel V. Ramos Research Chair in Policy
Studies are poised to build on the success of the 2005 conference, this time
in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.



The proposed conference seeks to:



(1)      Help cascade the ASEAN Charter buzzword and facilitate greater
public understanding of its potential implications (especially for
government and business);



(2)      Assess the ASEAN countries' competitiveness and readiness for
deeper regional integration;



(3)      Identify both the new opportunities for, and potential obstacles
to, East Asian integration in order to equip stakeholders with policy
options and alternative strategies; and



(4)      Generate ideas on how to get the private sector more actively
involved in the regional integration process.



*Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos* will keynote the conference.
The panel of distinguished speakers includes DFA Secretary Alberto Romulo
(TBC), World Bank Country Director Bert Hofman (TBC), former ASEAN
Secretary-General Amb. Rodolfo Severino (Confirmed), former ASEAN Deputy
Secretary-General Wilfrido Villacorta (Confirmed), Amb. Rosario Manalo
(Confirmed), DTI Senior Undersecretary Thomas Aquino (TBC), and Dr. Federico
Macaranas (Confirmed), among others. International speakers will also be
joining the discussion virtually via videoconference.



About 150 participants from the business sector, diplomatic corps,
international organizations, national government agencies, NGOs, and the
academe will be invited to the conference. Please e-mail Jhoanne L.
Estipular (jestipular at aim.edu) or Karen Goyena (kgoyena at aim.edu) if you wish
to be invited.
nces, Loyola Schools
3rd Floor, Social Sciences Building
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
PHILIPPINES
Tel. :  (632) 426-6001 locals 5208, 5209, 5248
Fax  :  (632) 426-6001 local 5280
Email:  acas at admu.edu.ph
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