Date: 4 February 2015
Visit of Trainees from King Prajadhipok’s Institute, Thailand
Thirty-one trainees in a programme on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) of King Prajadhipok’s Institute in Bangkok came for a briefing at the ASEAN Studies Centre on 4 February 2015. The visitors are participants in a programme on “Thailand and the ASEAN Economic Community” at the King Prajadhipok Institute.
Participants from the King Prajadhipok’s Institute with ASC’s Termsak
Ms. Sachita Das, Lead Researcher, Economic Affairs, ASC, ISEAS gave a talk about the AEC. Questions that arose from the discussion included what can be expected upon the launch of the AEC, how to improve public understanding of the AEC, how AEC would affect Singapore-Thailand trade and what domestic reforms should be undertaken in Thailand in preparation.
Termsak and Sanchita briefing the trainees
Mr. Termsak Chalermpalanupap, Lead Researcher, Political & Security Affairs, ASC, ISEAS talked to the visitors about the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), focusing on key political and security challenges. He emphasized the fact that community-building in ASEAN is a long-term process and not to expect a “Big Bang” transformation of ASEAN by the end of 2015.
He also pointed out the dilemma in the APSC: How to maintain national sovereignty (protecting national interest) and at the same time developing regional cooperation in the APSC (advancing regional common interest)?
Questions raised by the visitors about the APSC included what ASEAN should do in the face of growing rivalry between China and the U.S, what Thailand and Singapore can do together to strengthen ASEAN and what more can be done to interest and inform the Thai public about ASEAN.