The ASEAN-EU Science, Technology and Innovation Days serve as a visible forum for cooperation activities between the two regions in the field of STI. The event addresses researchers from most thematic areas – with a focus on the societal challenges with relevance to both regions – as well policy makers, research conducting companies and innovation managers. It takes place annually, alternating between an ASEAN and a European country. High-level policy makers as well as many research projects and companies seize the chance to network, discuss, exchange and inform themselves.
If you are interested in setting up a workshop, roundtable or activity or just would like to participate, feel free to contact the organizers. Registration will be possible by the end of September.
Under the ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY (AEC) a single regional common market and production base will be createdby 2015 comprising the ten member countries of ASEAN: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. There will be free flow of goods, services, investment capital, and skilled labour following the liberalization.
The AEC will have an aggregate population of close to 600 millionwhich will be larger than the European Union itself. ASEAN’s GDP in 2010 reached € 1.4 trillion, or 3% of global GDP, with total trade of over € 1.5 trillion, comprising 6.8% of world trade. ASEAN’s GDP is expected to double by the year 2020.
ASEAN as a whole represents the European Union’s 3rd largest trading partneroutside Europe (after the US and China) with more than € 206 billion of trade in goods and services in 2011. The EU is ASEAN’s 2nd largest trading partner after China, accounting for around 11% of ASEAN trade. The EU is by far the largest investor in ASEAN countries with EU firms having invested € 9.1 billion annually on average during the period 2000-2009.
The past decade has seen a substantial increase in the level of cooperationin Science, Technology, and Innovation between the ASEAN and the EU. ASEAN-EU co-publications have increased more than five-fold over the past, a growth rate which exceeds the growth of the ASEAN’s co-publications with the US, China, Japan and India during the same period. ASEAN researchers are currently participating in EU Seventh Framework program (FP7) funded projects worth more than € 517 million.
This cooperation continues to expand as well as deepens,and involves an increasingly wide range of actors. The ASEAN-EU STI Days are being organised to highlight existing collaboration, to stimulate the network, and to identify new areas for cooperation.