ASEAN under the Leadership of Cambodia in 2022: Focus and Implications, with special guest keynote speaker: His Excellency Dr Sok Siphana

ASEAN is currently New Zealand’s fourth largest trading partner and so plays an increasingly important role in both Asia-Pacific and Indo-Pacific discussions. New Zealand signed its first plurilateral free trade agreement, and ASEAN its first comprehensive free trade agreement, in the form of the AANZFTA (ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement) and both will also soon be part of the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) in January 2022.

So, what’s in store when ASEAN’s leadership comes under Cambodia in 2022? What are the potential implications for New Zealand and its engagement with ASEAN?

Join us for this session to hear from special guest H.E. Dr Sok Siphana on these topics and more.

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HE Dr Sok Siphana is a practicing attorney and the Founding Partner at SokSiphana&associates, a law and consulting firm specialized in international trade and corporate law in Phnom Penh. He was appointed by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen concurrently as Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia and Advisor to the Supreme National Economic Council with rank of Minister in August 2009 and November 2011 respectively. He was reappointed as Senior Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia in September 2018 with a rank of Senior Minister. He serves currently as the Chairman of the Board of the Asian Vision Institute (AVI) and previously as Chairman of the Board of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Cambodia’s oldest and prominent independent research institute.

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The session will be concluded by a short reflection from David Pearson.

David has recently returned to New Zealand after working for 14 years in South East Asia. Before leaving New Zealand he carved out a successful career as a Business Advisor and Chartered Accountant. He advised all types and sizes of businesses from start up to recovery. He was also an established authority in Franchising and Licensing assisting many brands to grow and also International Brands restructure their relationships.

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