The 14th ASEAN Leadership Forum

The ASEAN Leadership Forum (ALF) is a high level Annual Forum bringing together Leaders from Government, Business, Academia and Civil Society to deliberate on challenges, key trends, strategic issues and opportunities in ASEAN.  Into its 14th edition, the ALF this year will be held in the Philippines to commemorate the Philippines’ chairmanship of ASEAN.

This year, the ASEAN Leadership Forum will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN.

In his Keynote Address to the ASEAN Summit in 2015 chaired by Malaysia, the Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib said, “Where there was war ASEAN has brought peace, where there was poverty and hardship, ASEAN has brought development.  Where there was division and fear, it has brought unity and stability”.  Indeed, ASEAN has achieved a lot.  It has successfully accomplished the 4C’s – Charter, Connectivity, Centrality, Community.

The 13th ASEAN Leadership Forum was held in Vientiane, Laos during the Lao PDR chairmanship of ASEAN and was graced by the Prime Ministers of Lao PDR and Cambodia, the ASEAN Secretary General and Economic Minister from the ASEAN member states as well as business and academic leaders.

In his acceptance speech on assuming the ASEAN Chair, the President of the Philippines, H.E. Rodrigo Duterte said, “we will pursue initiatives to enhance cooperation with global partners to ensure that ASEAN citizens live in peace, stability, security and growth while retaining ASEAN’s centrality, unity and solidarity”.

2017 marks the 1st Anniversary of the ASEAN Economic Community for ASEAN as it strives towards a higher value community and make business happen.  Post 2015 ASEAN will be politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible.  ASEAN envisages ascending the global value chains into more sustainable production activities, higher technology manufacturing industries and knowledge intensive services.

The ASEAN Leadership Forum will focus on how ASEAN can push forward to achieve these goals and what are the key strategies going forward towards ASEAN 2025 Vision.  Over the past 13 years, the ALF has been widely recognised as a high powered Forum, providing timely opportunities for a critical discussion of the strategic challenges facing ASEAN and enables a senior executive interchange among Government, Business, Civil Society and Thought Leaders to feel the pulse of ASEAN and the tempo of development.  The ALF will give voice to business leaders, think tank leaders, women and youth leaders to share their thoughts and perspectives on how ASEAN can progress and benefit them.