Towards the ASEAN Economic Community: A Conversation with ASEAN Ambassadors to the United Kingdom

Association of Southeast Asia Nations

Towards the ASEAN Economic Community: A Conversation with ASEAN Ambassadors to the United Kingdom

Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Investcorp Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College
Speaker(s): 
Rizal Sukma (Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Republic of Indonesia), Antonio M. Lagdameo (Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Republic of the Philippines)
Chair: 
Matthew J. Walton
Series: 
Southeast Asia Seminar

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was formally established at the end of 2015 but progress on more robust regional economic integration has been slow. Levels of integration within the region vary widely and significant development gaps still hinder the growth of some members. While ASEAN's leadership continues to promote integration on a variety of platforms, domestic politics and regional conflicts (such as the South China Sea dispute and the persistent refugee crisis) also threaten to undermine further strengthening of the organisation. In this roundtable discussion, Ambassadors to the UK from several ASEAN countries will discuss the challenges faced in realising the ASEAN Economic Community, and regional integration more generally. They will discuss the interests and concerns of their own countries as well as the benefits of integration and the future trajectory of the regional body.

Jointly organised by the Oxford Philippines Society, Oxford Indonesia Student Society and the Asian Studies Centre of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.