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6th Asia-Europe Editors' Roundtable

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13 October 2012 Kotryna Stankute Public Affairs Asia-Europe Editors' Roundtable Economy & Society



Venue:
Bangkok, Thailand

The Editors' Roundtable Series, first launched in 1997 in Luxembourg, aims to enrich the exchange of ideas and perspectives among opinion leaders from Asian and European media organisations. The Roundtable endeavours to provide unique access for the Editors to newsmakers within the ASEM process. This programme gathers senior editors of major print or broadcast media to exchange perspectives on current affairs that are pertinent to Asia and Europe.

The 6th Asia-Europe Editors' Roundtable was organised on 13 October 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Organised in partnership with the United Kingdom based think-tank, Chatham House, the Roundtable offered a chance to look deeper into the shifting economic reality and examine the reforms needed in the International monetary system in Asia and Europe. It brought together media professionals from top news outlets across Asia and Europe together with financial experts. The Bangkok Post was the official media partner for this event.
 
Titled “Multiple Currencies for a Multi-polar World”, the Roundtable was held in conjunction with the ASEM Finance Ministers' Meeting, which took place on 14-15 October 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Roundtable thus presented a unique opportunity for senior editors to participate in a focused discussion which examined the push towards a multiple currency system to suit the emergence of a multi-polar world. 

Participation in the Roundtable was limited to about 24 financial experts and senior editors/eminent commentators from Asia and Europe whom we recognise as leading voices in the media. 

The programme and outcomes of the 5th Asia-Europe Editors' Roundtable:

http://www.asef.org/index.php/projects/themes/economy/914-5th-asia-europe-editors-roundtable

 

Partners

  • Chatham House
  • Bangkok Post

Project Updates

  • This Programme Paper draws on the 6th Asia-Europe Editors’ Roundtable organised in Bangkok, Thailand (13 October 2013) by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Chatham House on the eve of the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Finance Ministers’ Meeting.

    The roundtable presented a unique opportunity for senior editors from Asian and European media organizations to participate in a focused discussion, which examined the push towards a multiple-currency system to suit the emergence of a multipolar world, and to analyse the reforms needed in the international monetary system (IMS) from Asian and European perspectives.

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  • “I strongly view that multicurrency system would further enhance trade and investment as it helps eliminate several obstacles, such as transaction costs, exchange rate fluctuations, and reduces complexities in administration”, said Mr Chakkrit Parapuntakul, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Thailand Ministry of Finance. Mr Parapuntakul made these remarks as the Guest-of-Honour for the 6th Asia-Europe Editors’ Roundtable, ‘Multiple Currencies for a Multi-polar World’, in Bangkok, Thailand (13 October 2012).

    His views were echoed by Dr Paola Subacchi, Research Director of International Economics at Chatham House (UK). "Given the rise and growth of Asian economies, and China in particular, a regional currency is needed to trade in Asia," she said. Dr Subacchi was the moderator for the Roundtable in Bangkok which gathered 24 financial experts and senior media commentators from 17 countries across Asia and Europe.

    On another note, many of the participants at the Roundtable believed that ‘regional currency’ in Asia, still has a long way to go. Such a move towards economic integration would require more political integration at the regional level. In this regard, Asia can learn from the Euro experience in Europe. Such learning experience can be enhanced by traditional media, which can play a key role in reporting the human angle connecting Asia and Europe.

    All above points were highlighted during the day-long Roundtable which was organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Chatham House. Bangkok Post was the official media partner of this event. The discussions’ highlights were presented by ASEF to the ASEM Senior Finance Officials on Sunday, 14 October 2012.

    “It is a great opportunity to present the outcomes of the 6th Asia-Europe Editors’ Roundtable immediately to the ASEM Senior Finance Officials. The discussions at the Roundtable highlighted key issues such as moving towards a multi-polar currency system and a more effective system of maintaining global financial stability. These are pertinent to discussions on reforming the existing international monetary system,” remarked Mr Karsten Warnecke, Deputy Executive Director, ASEF, who chaired the Roundtable in Bangkok.

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  • In recent years, the world faced its greatest economic challenges as fragile financial markets persevere. Under such circumstances, a need for international monetary reform, still dominates headlines.

    To discuss the relevance of multiple currencies in the current context, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, will present the 6th Asia-Europe Editors’ Roundtable at the InterContinental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand (13 October 2012). The Bangkok Post is the official media partner for this event.

    This top media programme, titled “Multiple Currencies for a Multi-polar World”, will have 20 senior media commentators and financial experts from 18 countries. They include eminent speakers from across the two regions namely – Dr Jae Ha Park (Asian Development Bank Institute), Dr Xu Qiyuan (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Mr David Pilling (Financial Times), Mr Pichai Chuensuksawadi (Bangkok Post) and Mr Pierre Rousselin (Le Figaro).

    A Closing Reception will be organised on the eve of the 10th ASEM Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) in Bangkok.  Participation in the Reception is limited to about 50 esteemed guests including policy makers, senior members of the diplomatic corps, media representatives, financial experts and academia. Recommendations from the Roundtable will be shared with the Senior FMM officials.

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  • The Editors’ Roundtable is the top media programme of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). This biennial programme is a networking opportunity for editors and senior commentators representing leading media agencies in Asia and Europe.

    The sixth edition of the Asia-Europe Editors’ Roundtable, “Multiple Currencies for a Multi-polar World”, organised this year in Bangkok, Thailand (12-13 October 2012), will be in partnership with the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. The event will be in conjunction with the ASEM 10th Finance Ministers Meeting (FinMM). The recommendations from the Roundtable will be shared with the Senior Officials from the FinMM.

    About 15 experts from the fields of economy and society and senior media commentators from The Economist, Thomson Reuters, Kyodo News and Channel News Asia will be attending the Roundtable. During the sessions, the speakers and participants will look deeper into the shifting economic realities and examine the reforms needed in the International Monetary System from Asian and European perspectives.

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