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“ASEAN 2030: Growing Together for Shared Prosperity” Workshop

On February 7, 2011, the ASEAN Studies Center and the Asian Development bank Institute (ADBI) held a brainstorming session to help set the agenda for an ADBI study entitled “ASEAN 2030: Growing Together for Shared Prosperity.” The workshop heard presentations by ADBI Dean Dr. Masahiro Kawai and Principal Economist Dr. Giovanni Capannelli, as well as Dr. Amitav Acharya, Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center. The presentations and discussions that followed covered a variety of issues, including macroeconomic projections of ASEAN GDP and trade growth through 2030, the evolution of competitive and complementary economic relations in the wider Asian context, the likely evolution of regional institutional frameworks, and political and security relations. The session began with introductory remarks by Mr. Kurt Tong, U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) at the State Department, and the luncheon featured a keynote speech by Mr. Joseph Yun, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Held in the Founders Room of American University’s School of International Service, the workshop drew 35 participants from Washington-based universities, think tanks, U.S. Government agencies (State, USAID, USTR and USITC), the Congressional Research Service, the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.