ACD Think Tanks Symposium: Towards Asian Dynamism

ACD Think Tanks Symposium

“Towards Asian Dynamism: the Potentials of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue”

15-17 December 2004

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok


The Asia Cooperation Dialogue was conceived in June 2002 with the aim of promoting interdependence among Asian countries in all areas of cooperation by identifying Asia’s common strengths and opportunities in order to improve the quality of life for Asian people and in turn to create a prosperous and peaceful Asian community.  Initially, the ACD comprised 18 member countries, namely Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.  Since then, seven more countries have joined, i.e. Iran, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, and  at the ACD Ministerial Breakfast Meeting in New York, September 2004, Bhutan’s application was endorsed and will be formally accepted as the 26th ACD member at the 4th ACD Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Pakistan in 2005.  

Given the evolving complexities of globalization and its challenges, Asia is becoming an important global player whose position would be further advanced if increased intra-continental cooperation and understanding are enhanced.  As witnessed, Asia as a continent still lacks integral unity, and this is the missing link of the present sub-regional frameworks in which the ACD aims to fill.  During the past two years, the ACD has made significant progress in both the dialogue and project dimensions which are the core strands of cooperation of the ACD, while special emphasis is made on positive issues of mutual interests.

The dialogue dimension involves the promotion of interaction and participation of ACD Ministers and exchanges of visits amongst senior government officials which have proved fruitful in making policy-level decisions and initiating schemes to be implemented.   The project dimension includes the volunteering of ACD member countries to become prime movers in diverse areas of cooperation where concrete action is encouraged to be taken for concrete results to develop.  

As ACD coordinator, Thailand has also initiated a network of ACD Think Tanks to serve as the academic arm of the ACD.  ACD members have nominated a number of academic institutes within their countries to assist the ACD in developing projects and establishing linkages at the dual track level.  In this connection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, in cooperation with the Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs (SIFA) will organize the first think tanks symposium on the ACD, its potential areas of cooperation, direction and goals.  The theme of the symposium is proposed as “Towards Asian Dynamism: the Potentials of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue”.

Date, Venue and Participants

The symposium will be held at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok, and will last for two and a half days from Wednesday 15 December to Friday 17 December 2004.  The twenty-two research institutes listed as academic arms of the ACD will be invited to attend and give presentations on various topics, along with the participation of other research institutes and government agencies within the ACD countries.

Symposium Aims

The ACD Think Tanks Symposium has the following five principal objectives:

  • to provide a forum for Asian academic and research institutes to develop pan-ACD links
  • to explore and discuss the direction of various areas of cooperation under the ACD  
  • to share experiences and current research interests which would benefit the ACD
  • to assist the ACD dialogue and project dimensions in initiating new cooperation areas 
  • to examine potential cooperation venues with other regions       


The Symposium will comprise five sub-themes, each lasting approximately two to three hours.  Presenters are encouraged to give presentations for no more than 15 minutes each, so that there will be time available for group discussion with the audience.  Outlines of the presentations are to be sent to the Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs (address below) by 26 November 2004.  The presentations are encouraged to come under the following sub-themes:

Sub-theme 1  Developing Asian Resources and Technological Research

(Energy Security, Energy, Science and Technology, Biotechnology)

Sub-theme 2  Enhancing Economic and Financial Cooperation in Asia 

(Working Group on Financial Cooperation, SMEs Cooperation, E-Commerce, Infrastructure Fund, Strengthening Legal Infrastructure)

Sub-theme 3  Strengthening Asian Foundations

(Poverty Alleviation, Agriculture, E-Education, Asian Institute of Standards, Environmental Education)

Sub-theme 4  Building Networks and Linkages across Asia

(Tourism, Transport Linkages, IT Development, HRD)

Sub-theme 5   Conclusion: Concretizing Asian Dynamism and Potentials: The Way Forward


It is hoped that the Symposium will contribute to the richness and diversity of relations between Asian sectors whilst developing Asia’s pool of knowledge.  The Symposium hopes to stimulate future exchange of views between the research institutes themselves so that a reputable academic network of ACD countries can be created among Asian institutes.  Furthermore, any proposals made during the Symposium will be brought for consideration by the ACD coordinator and discussed at the government level for possibilities of implementation.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand will provide for three nights hotel accommodation (nights of 14, 15, 16 December or 15, 16, 17 December) in Bangkok for two participants from each ACD member country.  Any other expenses will be borne by all ACD participants themselves.  Participants are encouraged to send in the attached registration form by 26 November 2004 to:

Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sri Ayudhya Road
Bangkok 10400
Tel: 66-2643-5263
Fax: 66-2643-5264 / 66-2643-5289

Any additional participants will be required to bear their own accommodation expenses.  They are able to reserve their accommodation through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by sending in the attached registration form as well.  The registration form can also be downloaded from the ACD website:

The Symposium programme will soon be posted on the ACD website with further details.  Please email any inquiries to [email protected] 


Countries : Bahrain | Bangladesh | Bhutan | Brunei | Cambodia | China | India | Indonesia | Japan | Kazakhstan | Republic of Korea | Kuwait | Lao PDR | Malaysia | Myanmar | Oman | Pakistan | Philippines | Qatar | Singapore | Sri Lanka | Thailand | Viet Nam | Iran | Mongolia | United Arab Emirates

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