Oct 22, 2012

Myanmar - Yangon to host ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum

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The ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum will be held in Yangon in December, with President U Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi invited to take part, one of the forum’s founders said last week.

The leadership forum attracts about 100 influential people from the political, economic and civil society fields in the ASEAN region and was first held in 2003. The 9th ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum will be held on December 5 and 6 at Yangon’s Sedona Hotel Yangon, said Dato Timothy Ong, founder of the Asia Inc Forum, which organises the leadership event.

“I invited President U Thein Sein but he is still not confirmed to come but Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will give an address,” said Mr Ong, who is based in Brunei.

“We’re very excited about this year’s leadership forum because it is being held in Myanmar [at a] very special time [for the country]. Myanmar today is going through very good change. … After many decades of isolation, it became a very poor country [but] now it is regaining its place in ASEAN, opening up and undertaking reform,” he said.

He said participants will speak about ASEAN reform and the recent economic reforms in Myanmar. A question and answer section will also be included.

“Myanmar is a latecomer to the ASEAN association so the advantages are that you can learn from what other countries have done,” he said. “We will also invite young businesspeople from Myanmar to participate.”

About 20 participants from Myanmar have been invited, including Minister for the President’s Office U Soe Thein, author and historian Dr Thant Myint-U and businessman U Serge Pun of SPA Group.

“People who are rising as leaders now as well as the leaders of the future, people from politics, people from business and civil society … intellectuals and journalists; we will bring them together to talk at this forum,” Mr Ong said.

The first forum was held in Malaysia at 2003.

Kyaw Hsu Mon

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