Connections E-Newsletter Issue 14, August - September 2014 View this email in your browser
Country Launch of ESCAP Survey 2014 & Northeast Asia Economic Forum
28 - 29 August 2014, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Dr. Ramakrishna, ESCAP-ENEA Head, presented key findings of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014 on 28 August 2014 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The 23rd Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF), in partnership with the East and North-East Asia Office of ESCAP, was held from 28 to 29 August in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The annual Forum brought together around 100 participants, including government officials, academics and representatives from the private sector and civil society. NEAEF discussed issues pertaining to the challenges facing the countries in Northeast Asia such as regional economic integration and financing cross-border cooperation, energy infrastructure and security.

The Secretariat also organized a Young Leaders Training and Research Programme in which potential leaders of young professionals, junior faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students are given an opportunity to further explore regional economic cooperation, among other pursuits.

Around 20 participants of the programme visited us for a three-hour interactive session with staff members of the ENEA Office on subjects, including the role of UN, the process of developing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and transboundary environmental challenges. 

On the first day of the Forum, we held the Republic of Korea launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014 (Survey), the flagship publication of ESCAP, as a side event and received a great deal of interest from notable attendees and the media.

The Survey pointed out that as growth prospects in most Asia-Pacific countries are projected to remain subdued, calling for quick action on the removal of domestic structural constraints and the increasing of fiscal space help stimulate growth and support social development.

Despite 2014 having been projected to be yet another year of tepid growth aggravated by political tension and uncertainty, Dr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Head of the East and North-East Asia Office, emphasized at the launch that Asia and the Pacific, in particular East and North-East Asian economies, are called on to assume greater responsibility for revitalizing dynamism in the region.

Key findings and recommendations of the report pertaining to the Northeast Asia subregion and the Republic of Korea were presented, and a video message by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, ESCAP Executive Secretary and UN Under-Secretary-General was delivered as well. 

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