Globalization: WEF “East Asia Focus” kicks off tomorrow “Watch if Live from Jakarta”

If the World Economic Forum turns into a public relations exercise, most guys would probably turn to forum with cute

  • By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist

The World Economic Forum is one of the most respected forum on cutting edge economics thinking globally.

Its research and opinions are widely respected.

Unfortunately, the Thai government was not very happy about the forum Thai research-and Thailand‘s solution?

Well, the Thai government said there were too few Thais as member of the forum and thus it urged many large Thai companies to join the forum-as a way to “Give the forum correct information about Thailand.”

So the latest meet of the forum is in Jarkata, being held after perhaps Thai firms have joined the forum-and so when Thai Intel readers hear something about Thailand at the forum-just keep it in mind.

Thai Intel is not saying that the forum is perfect or that it is not right for Thailand to have more members there. But just keep an open mind, since Thailand, is infected with a decease called “Public Relations.”

The following is from the World Economic Forum:

Watch the Sessions Live from East Asia

Follow sessions live from the World Economic Forum on East Asia held in Jakarta 12-13 June 2011. Check out the schedule to see when you can watch sessions on the Forum Livestream Channel (time zones are in GMT+7).

 Sunday 12 June President

09.00 – 10.15

Financial Fault Lines: Averting Aftershocks in Asia

Given high-velocity growth and the rise of financial hubs in Asia, how will the region develop resilience to future financial shocks?

The following dimensions will be addressed:

– Risks associated with asset bubbles

– Prudent macroeconomic and fiscal policies

– Corporate governance

– Economic consequences of disasters

10.30 – 11.45

Managing Global Disruptions: Asia’s Risk Response Mechanisms

How should Asia approach ongoing efforts to manage looming global risks?

The following dimensions will be addressed:

– Global economic imbalances

– Natural disasters

– Rising income inequality

– Geopolitical tensions

14.00 – 15.00

Opening Ceremony

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the World Economic Forum on East Asia, the President of Indonesia and the Prime Minister of Singapore share their perspectives on two decades of progress and the new challenges and opportunities for the region.

Chaired by

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

15.15 – 16.30

Building around Bottlenecks: Upgrading Asia’s Infrastructure

How should Asian infrastructure be built to prevent bottlenecks in development and growth agendas?

The following dimensions will be addressed:

– Centralization of infrastructure in economic planning

– Interconnectivity and optimization of multi-modal transport

– Institutional capacity building

Financing and private participation

16.45 – 18.00

East Asian Solutions for Global Food Security

As predictions for global population growth are revised to 10 billion by 2100, how should Asia pursue long-term food security in an environmentally and politically sustainable manner?

In partnership with the World Economic Forum, Deutsche Welle TV hosts this debate on regional solutions to food security.

The following dimensions will be addressed:

– Assessment of demographic challenges

– Regional policies to control food prices

– Public-private collaboration

– Innovations in agriculture

Monday 13 June

09.00 – 10.15

Inclusive Asia: Reinvigorating the Millennium Development Goals

In what areas should Asia be leading the world with regard to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?

The following dimensions will be addressed:

– Reducing extreme poverty

– Primary education

Environmental sustainability

– Empowerment of women

– Health solutions

10.30 – 11.45

Creating Jobs in Asia: The Entrepreneurship Equation

How should the spirit of Asian entrepreneurship be ignited to drive regional employment, growth and competitiveness?

The following dimensions will be addressed:

– Creating an entrepreneurship ecosystem

– Education and skills reform

– Migration of talent

– Fostering new sectors for growth

13.30 – 14.45

Redrawing the “Greenprint” of Asia’s Energy Architecture

How can regional players design a comprehensive blueprint to manage the transition to a wider spectrum of energy resources in Asia?

The following dimensions will be addressed:

– Economic and political frameworks

– New resources and innovations

– Supply chain security

16.30 – 17.45

Responding to the New Globalism

What actions must leaders prioritize in East Asia to address new global realities and create value for all

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