To strengthen ties between the ASEM process and the work of ASEF, ASEF developed the publication programme “Outlook Report” in 2012. Published biennially in conjunction with each ASEM Summit, the two-volume publication seeks to provide both quantitative and qualitative analyses on a selected topic with particular focus on Asia-Europe relations and its implications on the ASEM process.
In 2012, ASEF published its first report of the series entitled ASEM Outlook Report 2012 – Foresight is 20/20: Scenario Building for Policy Analysis and Strategy Development. Presenting both quantitative indicators and perceptions, it offered separate but complementary sets of insights into the status and future possibilities for Asia-Europe relations. The publication was designed to contribute to the 9th ASEM Summit, which took place in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2012.
In 2014, ASEF launched a follow-up Outlook Report as a contribution to the 10th ASEM Summit that took place in Milan, Italy from 16-17 October 2014. Entitled ASEF Outlook Report 2014/2015 – Facts & Perspectives, the publication provided an analysis of emerging global and regional challenges associated with sustainable growth and development – a topic that was closely aligned to the theme of the ASEM Summit, “Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security”. Furthermore, it contributed to a better understanding among Asian and European countries on how to reshape growth in a way that delivers upon the economic, social, and environmental responsibilities required by sustainable development.
On 7 July 2016, ASEF launched its third publication of the series focusing on connectivity between Asia and Europe in line with the 11th ASEM Summit held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on 15-16 July 2016. In its contribution to developing recommendations for the future direction of ASEM, the ASEF Outlook Report 2016/2017 – CONNECTIVITY: Facts and Perspectives identifies main components of and assesses the level of connectivity between Asia and Europe. Furthermore, recommendations on how different sectors can contribute to making Asia-Europe connectivity stronger and sustainable were developed.
Please take a look at our Outlook Reports below.
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