World Economic Forum on East Asia: Courageous Transformation for Inclusion and Integration
As the first international gathering to be held in Myanmar after its bold economic and political reforms were introduced, the 22nd World Economic Forum on East Asia provided a historic opportunity for participants to analyse and help shape the country’s ongoing reforms and reconciliation process. As such, senior-level leaders from government, business and civil society came together in Nay Pyi Taw to leverage their collective creative and strategic capital to address the most pressing economic and societal challenges in new ways.
In light of Myanmar’s upcoming chairmanship of ASEAN in 2014 and the bloc’s planned economic integration in 2015, the meeting provided insight to leaders from the region and elsewhere who see in the ASEAN countries an important and evolving geopolitical and geo-economic pillar of the global economy.
The six Co-Chairs of this year’s meeting reflect the best of leadership from different sectors and regions who embrace the importance of continuing to enlarge dialogue across all stakeholder groups. Under the theme “Courageous Transformation for Inclusion and Integration”, the meeting convened over 1,000 leaders from business, government and civil society in Nay Pyi Taw to address issues and identify actions on the path to regional integration. The programme was based on three pillars: Inspiring Inclusive Transformation; Realizing Regional Integration; and Scaling Regional Solutions for Global Resilience.