Axiata 9th ASEAN Leadership Forum (ALF)

Date : 4th APRIL 2012 TO 5TH APRIL 2012
Time : 8.00am
Venue : Phnom Penh, Cambodia


The Axiata 9th ASEAN Leadership Forum (ALF) is an Annual Series organized by The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), the leading independent non-profit Think Tank in ASEAN based in Kuala Lumpur, with the support of the Government of Cambodia, the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Business Forum.

The Axiata 9th ASEAN Leadership Forum will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 4th and 5th April 2012 just after the conclusion of the ASEAN Summit to be hosted by Cambodia. The Axiata 9th ASEAN Leadership Forum will be a useful and strategic Track Two initiative to further strengthen regional integration through the Private Sector initiative. The Prime Minister of Cambodia H.E. Samdech |Hun Sen as Chair of the ASEA|N Summit has agreed to officiate the Opening of the Axiata 9th ASEAN Leadership Forum which is co-organised with the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia.

Every year, the ASEAN Leadership Forum brings together eminent speakers from Governments, Business, Think Tanks, Academic, Though Leaders and Civil Society to deliberate on the key leadership challenges and strategic issues facing ASEAN. The Forum also provides a meeting of minds to determine the key trends and prospects facing ASEAN. It provides a useful and apt Forum for Business Leaders and Investors to feel the tempo of development and the pulse of the economy in ASEAN. It enables businessmen and entrepreneurs to assess the business and investment opportunities in ASEAN and the specific growth sectors to invest in. It also addresses the areas of concern of the younger generation of ASEAN – the future leaders and citizens of ASEAN.

The realization of the ASEAN Free Trade Area and the 2015 target to achieve the ASEAN Economic Community has created much excitement from ASEAN’s key partners which have signed bilateral Free Trade Agreements with ASEAN – China, India, and Australia and with growing interest from other countries and region. ASEAN with a population of 550 million people is a vast market, larger than USA and Europe and half that of China and India. The rapid growth of intra-ASEAN trade and the expansion of ASEAN’s trade and investment relations with China and India have somewhat insulated ASEAN from the worst effects of the US and European economic crises. ASEAN centrality has become even more strategic and important amidst global uncertainties.

The adoption of the ASEAN Master Plan on Connectivity by the ASEAN Leaders at the Summit in Hanoi has provided a strategic road map to enhance physical connectivity through infrastructure development (road, rail, air, maritime transport, power and energy), institutional connectivity (through trade and investment facilitation) and people connectivity (through freer movement of people, education, culture and tourism). A number of the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan’s priority projects are in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) that will enormously benefit Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.