AITM Seminars >> 6th Public Seminar: “Regional cooperation as a major force: the case of ASEAN countries” by Dr. Omkar Shrestha


6th AITM Public Seminar was held at Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) premise on May 31, 2013. Dr. Omkar Man Shrestha – having over three decades of international experience with UN ESCAP, ADB and Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) – delivered a talk on “Regional cooperation as a major force: the case of the Association of the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)”. He shared the experience of ASEAN countries to highlight how smaller countries and weaker economies can build strength by grouping together.

Title: Regional cooperation as a major force: the case of ASEAN countries
Speaker: Dr. Omkar Man Shrestha, Visiting Scholar at Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore
Date: May 31, 2013

The ASESN countries, started with political and security concerns in 1967, with five founding members (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore) has now been expanded to a regional group of ten South East Asian Countries. Today, ASEAN voice and economy is gradually becoming an influencing force within and outside the region. ASEAN is further expanding with ASEAN+3 approach accommodating China, Japan and Korea and further to ASEAN+3+3 incorporating India, Australia and New Zealand. The whole objective is to contribute to the much talked about – the coming of the Asian Century. He then shed lights on how South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries can learn “cohesion but not divisions gives the nations strength and influence in the global arena” from ASEAN experience.