The 19th ASEAN LECTURE – Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2019: Advancing Partnership for Sustainability
About the Lecture
The current global political economy presents a complex set of policy decisions for governments around the world. Increasing competition between major powers and a rising tide of nationalism and trade protectionism throughout the world has caused instability and uncertainty within the Asia-Pacific. In addition, policy-makers must also contend with how states and markets are being shaped and influenced by the future and the evolution of the global information economy. The 19th ASEAN Lecture by His Excellency Arthayudh Srisamoot, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand, elaborates on Thailand’s theme for ASEAN Chairmanship – “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”. The theme reflects the challenges ASEAN faces at present, the goals ASEAN aims for, and the direction ASEAN should take to move towards the future while making use of our strengths. The lecture will identify strategic priorities for ASEAN in 2019, opportunities and challenges which ASEAN must take advantage of and address accordingly, as well as the most viable direction in enhancing ASEAN’s strategic value-added.
About the Speaker
His Excellency Arthayudh Srisamoot is Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand. Ambassador Srisamoot has served in various senior capacities since he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Srisamoot was Director-General of Department of ASEAN Affairs (2012 to 2014) and Director-General of Department of International Economics Affairs (2017 to 2018). His distinguished diplomatic career has taken him to Southeast Asia, Europe and North America. He was Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNCTAD and WIPO) (2002 to 2004), Consul-General in Vancouver (2010-2012), Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Austria, Slovak Republic and Republic of Slovenia and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and International Agencies in Vienna (2014 to 2017). Mr. Srisamoot is currently APEC SOM Leader of Thailand. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics from Monmouth College and a Master’s degree in Economic Policy from the University of Chicago.