Asean, Japan, Australia – A Strategic Region
The strategic issues of the region was discussed in Asialink Conversations in Hiroshima, Japan, on 10-12 April. They bring together influential participants from the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as Australia and the host nation, to address political, social and economic issues of common concern.
The Asialink Conversations help to create new and strengthened networks of leaders in ASEAN, Australia and the host nation, and contribute to ASEAN-Australia future planning in a changing global landscape The Conversations are an initiative of Asialink. They are sponsored by The University of Melbourne and the 2009 Myer Commemorative Grants Program and are held with cooperation from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
HD Asia Advisory Chairman bernardus Djonoputro represent Indonesia in the conversation. Keynote speakers were the Japanese Foreign Minister, Mr Fumio Kishida, and the Australian Foreign Minister, Hon Julie Bishop MP.
Delegates from business, government, academia and the media took part in structured discussions over two days. Participating nations were Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. They explore issues of common concern while creating new and strengthened networks of leaders in ASEAN and Australia and the host nation.