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THAILAND ON GLOBAL STAGE
The 15th Asian Corporate Conference in Bangkok

3 June 2005 (Readers 839)
 
Thailand will soon become a focus of world attention, as top government and business leaders from all over the world gather in Bangkok to examine Thailands and Southeast Asias rise in the global economy. They will attend the 15th Asian Corporate Conference at the Shangri-La Hotel between June 8 and 10. Organized jointly by the Asia Society and Thailands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the three-day conference focuses on the theme Southeast Asia Rising: A Region Booming among Asias Economic Giants. It will discuss Thailands potential to sustain its rapid economic growth in the long term. Thailand remains one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, and its economic surge reflects broader positive developments across Southeast Asia. Conference delegates will explore various issues affecting Southeast Asias growth potential and the regions economic future. For instance, how new bilateral and multilateral trade agreements with Southeast Asian countries will alter the balance of trade in the region and in the world. As ASEAN nations become powerful trade partners in Asia, how will the roles of the United States, India, and China in the region evolve? What are the implications for new investment in the region? Taking place six months after the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster, the conference will also serve as a forum for the worlds leading business experts, government officials, and investors to come together and pay attention to ongoing needs in the affected areas. Emphasis will be placed on regional and international cooperation in the reconstruction effort as well. This effort is part of the Asia Societys Tsunami Response Project, which aims to educate the public on the long-term political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental effects of the tsunami on Asian countries and on the future of US-Asia relations. Major conference speakers from the Thai government will include Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai and Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon. Among other speakers will be the Prime Minister of Vietnam Phan Van Khai, Senior Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong, ASEAN Secretary General Ong Keng Yong, and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Kim Hak-Su. The Asia Society is an international organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and deepening understanding among the peoples of Asia and the United States. It presents a Corporate Conference in Asia each year to examine implications of macroeconomic trends and geopolitical developments for the region and the world. Discussions highlight developments in the conference site country, while examining the cutting-edge issues shaping important trends in Asias dynamic markets and in the global economy. Since 1989, the Asian Corporate Conference has attracted a combined audience of more than 12,000 participants from 26 countries around the world. The upcoming conference will be the first ever to be held in Thailand. It will be a good opportunity for Thai people to publicize their country and boost confidence in its economic stability.
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