We have partnered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to host leaders from ASEAN universities, research institutes and businesses to undertake a series of briefings and public seminars as part of the ASEAN@50 Fellowship Programme. The purpose of the programme is to build mutual knowledge and understanding between New Zealand and ASEAN and strengthen New Zealand's relations with the region.

We are pleased to host the first two visiting fellows for a panel discussion in Dunedin

Dr Pananond is Associate Professor of International Business at Thammasat Business School in Bangkok. Senthil Danapalan is the Head of Development at Maxis Berhad – a leading Malaysian telecommunications provider.

The Panel will be moderated by Professor Siah Hwee Ang, Director of the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence.

When: Thursday 29 November, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Where: Room G17, Otago Business School, University of Otago, Commerce Building, 60 Clyde Street, Cnr Clyde St & Union Pl East, Dunedin

RSVP for this event to Pete Bernhardt, pete.bernhardt@otago.ac.nz

Panel discussion topic: ASEAN’s pivotal role in Asia

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is often viewed as counterweight to New Zealand’s reliance on China in trade. The recent rise of the Indo-Pacific concept has seen ASEAN thrust into the limelight as a central force in Asia. With trade per capita figures similar to that of China, the ASEAN region is a significant partner for New Zealand. Its rising middle income group also makes the region an important source of future trade for New Zealand.

Dr Pavida Pananond and Mr Senthil Danapalan will speak about ASEAN’s central role in Asia and what New Zealand should consider in its engagement with the region.

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