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Asia's New Narrative

The youth bulge in Asian economies represents great potential, but how is the narrative of values evolving to balance legacy with modernism?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Moving from a culture of hierarchy to a network for creative economy
  • Addressing lack of youth participation in politics and governance
  • Understanding citizen movements in the digital world

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A Blueprint for Sustainable Tourism

In 2011, 42% of travellers in the region came from within ASEAN. What measures are needed to further this growth potential and establish an integrated community?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Promoting ease of mobility
  • Developing new models for job creation
  • Branding ASEAN destinations

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The Business Mandate in Myanmar

How can businesses balance shareholder and stakeholder interests to partner in Myanmar's growth agenda?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Exploring the role of anti-corruption and transparency in promoting competitiveness, growth and public trust
  • Implementing business practices to reward a long-term mindset
  • Empowering the bottom of the pyramid by scaling indigenous solutions

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Chasing the Next Big Idea

As the world looks to East Asia for resilient growth and new models of regional integration, what lessons of leadership and innovation are coming out of the region?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Investing in smart infrastructure of the future
  • Moving beyond low-cost manufacturing and up the value chain
  • Prioritizing goals of social equity in the development agenda
  • Achieving macroeconomic stability and responding to global financial shocks

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Closing Plenary

The Co-Chairs of the 22nd World Economic Forum on East Asia discuss how the region will further its agenda of courageous transformation and inclusive integration, and outline the outcomes of the meeting.

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Extracting Opportunities, Sustaining Livelihoods

How can best practices be adopted in natural resource extraction to promote transparency and sustainable job creation?

Session objectives:

  • Explore stakeholder inclusion in decision-making
  • Debate how to build effective institutions and partnerships
  • Account for environmental externalities
  • Understand land rights to improve livelihoods

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Fair Labour Is Smart Business

With over 60% of the world's population, how can East Asia create a sustainable framework for long-term human capital development?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Fighting human trafficking
  • Prioritizing skills development
  • Creating responsible labour practices

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From Social Protection to Financial Inclusion

How can East Asian economies implement a sustainable social protection system, given such diverse challenges as an ageing population and seasonal unemployment?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Building effective distribution channels
  • Integrating growth, employment and social protection
  • Addressing social and gender inequities

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The Long-term View

As Myanmar undergoes rapid political and economic reforms, how can it balance the inflow of foreign interests with domestic capacity-building?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Strengthening governance institutions and civil society
  • Enabling an environment for entrepreneurship
  • Improving employability of workforce
  • Prioritizing the environment and sustainable practices

This session was developed in partnership with CNBC.

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Mainstreaming Gender

How can gender equity be achieved by empowering women and girls? Join a special screening of a clip from the film Girl Rising followed by an interactive panel discussion.
Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Improving health and education for girls and women
  • Protecting women's rights in informal and formal economies
  • Increasing women's economic participation and opportunities

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Mapping Risks: An East Asia Context

How can the top risks in East Asia be addressed?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Identifying top risks challenging Asia and their interconnections
  • Evaluating the impact of risks on business, governments and society
  • Building risk resilience through a multistakeholder approach

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Meet the President of the Philippines

Join this informal lunch to meet with Benigno Simeon Aquino III, President of the Philippines and senior political leaders of the Philippines. This session is on the record.

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Moving from a Cash to a Banked Economy

With less than one-fifth of Myanmar's population using formal financial services, how can the country build the foundations of an inclusive and robust financial system?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Deepening and broadening access to capital and financial services
  • Addressing risks and fighting corruption
  • Providing incentives for low-income bank accounts

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Myanmar: What Future?

As Myanmar undergoes democratic reform and economic liberalization, what are the opportunities and challenges ahead?

  • Furthering political reforms to transition to full democracy
  • Supporting the rights of minorities and culture of dissent
  • Building sustainable markets and financial systems

This session was developed in partnership with the BBC.

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Opening Ceremony

On the occasion of the 22nd World Economic Forum on East Asia, the President of Myanmar and other dignitaries share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of regional integration and achieving inclusive growth.

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Partnering for a New Vision for Agriculture

What partnerships are needed to redefine food systems in East Asia for sustainable growth and food security?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Exchanging best practices for environmental sustainability
  • Enabling smallholder farmer capacity
  • Mobilizing youth in the farming sector

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Powering Growth through Strategic Infrastructure

What innovations and actions are needed to maintain robust economic growth and fulfil East Asia's growth potential?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Financing infrastructure for greatest impact
  • Leveraging 2015 ASEAN energy integration
  • Determining the optimal energy mix
  • Building public-private partnerships

This session was developed in partnership with the Deutsche Welle TV.

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Pursuing the Asian Century

How can ASEAN use its rising economic and geopolitical stature to ensure regional stability and consistent economic growth?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Increasing engagement with the United States
  • Enhancing China's role as economic partner and strategic competitor
  • Competing for natural resources and resolving territorial disputes

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Smart Health

How can East Asian economies leapfrog to a sustainable and efficient healthcare ecosystem?

  • Understanding the pitfalls of health systems in more advanced economies
  • Using smart solutions to improve delivery of healthcare
  • Identifying opportunities for mainstreaming prevention

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A Special Conversation

Join a special conversation with U Thein Sein, President of Myanmar, who will share his perspectives on Myanmar's transformation.

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Sustainable Energy for Resilient Growth

With booming economic growth and an expanding middle class, how will East Asia meet its future energy demand while safeguarding the environment?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Promoting smart cities for energy conservation
  • Staying ahead of geopolitical shifts in the global and regional energy landscape
  • Balancing energy affordability, sustainability and security of supply

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Taking Myanmar to Work

As Myanmar opens up to new business and investment, what steps are needed to match the demand for skilled workers and foster innovation?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Engaging with interactive technology and online education
  • Promoting multiple tracks of success through vocational courses
  • Creating strong incentives for on-the-job training

This session was developed in partnership with NHK.

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Taking Quantum Leaps with Technology

What steps are needed to strengthen ICT deployment, implementation and adoption in fast-growing economies?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Developing digital infrastructure
  • Unleashing the power of open development
  • Prioritizing social inclusion through affordable e-governance solutions

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Thinking Ahead with Young Global Leaders - Inclusive Development

In these times of great possibility for Myanmar, it is crucial that government, civil society, media and business leaders come together to ensure the country's inclusive development. Young Global Leaders give four short talks on the importance of inclusive development in Myanmar.

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The Triple Bottom Line: Investing for Impact

How can governments and investors meet the triple bottom line: economic, environment and social?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Channelling large-scale investments in novel ways
  • Designing a favourable regulatory environment for investor protection
  • Avoiding hot money and managing capital flows

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Vision for East Asia's Networked Future

Traditionally driven by export-oriented growth, how can East Asia implement its long-term strategy for strong networked trade and ASEAN integration?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Enhancing industry ecosystems through efficient supply chains
  • Enabling regional trade and an integrated financial market
  • Facilitating investment in technology and labour mobility

This session was developed in partnership with Bloomberg Television.

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