THE INAUGURAL NAF 2013
CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) is proud to present the inaugural Network ASEAN Forum (NAF 2013), which has been scheduled to be held on 22nd to 23rd August, 2013, with a theme on “A Strategy For ASEAN” in Singapore.
Over the last 30 years, ASEAN has evolved into a major player in the international arena. ASEAN has signed on to the goal of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, however most businesses have not given it enough weight to factor it into their plans. Fewer than 20% of them have any plans for AEC 2015.
The AEC should be factored into all the economic planning of the private and public sector. This is CARI’s founding conviction. As a hybrid institution, funded by the private sector, but dedicated to help connect the private sector to the public ecosystem of ASEAN, we are positioned to mediate between the official ASEAN process driven by government leaders, policymakers and regulators, and the perspectives and resources of the business community.
Therefore, NAF 2013 will serve as a premier annual event and the central stage of discussion for ASEAN convening ASEAN community and all influential stakeholders. Most uniquely, NAF 2013 will convene around “Lifting-the-Barriers Roundtables”, six sector-based roundtables, with a special focus on identifying bottlenecks and barriers hindering free trade of the six championed sectors in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).