AEF press release, 16 Jan 2010


The Asia Economic Forum and The University of Cambodia and with the support of Worldwide Support for Development
Press Release
Phnom Penh, 16 January 2010: The shift of power from West to East has the whole world buzzing. In response, The University of Cambodia and the Worldwide Support for Development will host the 6th Asia Economic Forum (AEF), “Maximizing Asia’s Strategic Roles in the World: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Prospects,” on January 20-21, 2010, at Raffles Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
At the AEF, leaders from Asia’s economically diverse countries will converge to identify an Asian opportunities, challenges, and future prospects to maximize Asia’s strategic roles in the world. This year’s forum will feature prominent leaders and speakers, who will examine, analyze, discuss and exchange views on how Asia can maximize its roles with regards to economic, peace and security, environment, human resources development, and poverty reduction in the world. More than a dozen international experts will take part in this year’s seven plenary sessions, including:
Samdech Techo Hun Sen – Prime Minister, The Kingdom of Cambodia
Professor Eric Stark Maskin - 2007 Nobel Laureate for Economics; Economist, Princeton University
Lord George Carey – Former Archbishop of Canterbury, England
H.E. Ong Keng Yong – Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Singapore, Former Secretary-General of ASEAN, Singapore
Dr. Haruhisa Handa - Founder and Chairman, The Asia Economic Forum; Founder and President, International Foundation for Arts and Culture, Japan
Ambassador Wang Xuexian - Chinese Senior Official for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM SOM Leader for China), International Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China
H.E. Pham Quang Vinh - Assistant Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
H.E. Dr. Mok Mareth - Senior Minister, Minister of Environment, Phnom Penh
Dr. Kao Kim Hourn - Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and President of The University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh
H.E. Sok Siphana, Advisor to Royal Government of Cambodia; Former Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia
H.E. ChumTeav Ing Kanthaphavi, Minister, Ministry of Women Affairs, Kingdom of Cambodia
H.E. Son Koun Thor, Chairman and Chief Executive Office, Rural Development Bank, Kingdom of Cambodia
Professor ITO Kenichi, President, The Japan Forum on International Relations, Inc., Japan
Rev. Dr. Pradit Takerngrangsarit, President of Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Professor Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Singapore
The Asia Economic Forum (AEF) is an independent think-tank established by The University of Cambodia in May 2005. It serves as an important forum for promoting policy dialogue on major issues facing Asia and bringing together key policymakers from the government, private sector, civil society and academia. The AEF seeks to promote sustainable development – including human development, economic progress and environmental sustainability – in Asia during a time of increasing globalization and regionalization by promoting policy change, contributing to Asian community building and contemplating existing economic mechanisms.
“The AEF is important as it promotes the voices and interests of Asia, and at the same time calls for the narrowing of gaps of economic development in the region,” Dr. Kao said. The forum serves as a platform to bring developing countries together with more developed countries to benefit Asia as a whole.
For more information about the Asia Economic Forum, please visit or contact Ms. Por Malis (855-12) 483-508 or Mr. Bandol Lim (855-89) 810-288; Email: or .

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