asia Diplomatic Summit

5th September 2018

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 


Asia remains the most dynamic region of the global economy. Growth in the Asia-Pacific economies is expected to slow down slightly to around 5.3 percent during 2016–17. China’s economic transition towards more sustainable growth is critical over the medium term for both China and the global economy. Due to poor infrastructure and geographic susceptibility, most Asian and Pacific economies are more vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change. On the upside, regional and multilateral trade agreements could provide a boost to trade and growth. For instance, The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), could benefit many economies in the region. However, it is still on the balance with the new American administration. 

 The fast-growing Asian economies are still struggling to associate growth with equality of opportunities, to broaden access to education and health and promote financial and gender inclusion.

A complex mix of global and regional and national forces has turned the Asia-pacific region into one of the most economically successful regions in the world. The same forces have developed hostile spots in the region that can escalate into full scale conflicts. South and East China Seas are the main spot of hostility that threaten the regional stability of the region. There are different territorial disputes across the region. There is a lack of multi-layered security architecture for the region, compensating for the failure of regional institutions.


Peace and Security: Address tensions in the South and East China Seas:

  • China- ASEAN-Japan- USA dialogue on sustainable arrangement in the South and East China Sea
  • Managing Non-Nuclear Proliferation
  • Re-integration of North Korea to the international community 

Prosperity: Meeting the challenges of rapid urbanisation and demographic change:

  •  The role of new development banks in the region’s infrastructure projects
  • balanced economic development to prevent inequality
  • A greater decentralization of power and decision making over resource allocation 

Institutions: Creating a regional trade bloc -- the RCEP vs the TPP

  • The potential of TPP one year after the its launch
  • Road map to Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and TPP to create Free Trade Area in Asia Pacific
  • How can improved Pakistan- India relations drive The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) into world of opportunities?

Technology: The political impact of new technologies and social transformation:

  • Technology and governance in Asia-pacific
  • How technology can be used in education and fight inequalities
  • Technology and merger of cultures in the region

Civil Society: Towards a more entrepreneurial civil society:

  • Promote participation in civil society and voluntary work at grassroots level 
  • Support civil society initiatives through education, training and funding
  • Civil society and intra-regional engagement between the people of the region

Smart Diplomacy: Digital capabilities and diplomatic dynamism in the region:

  • Tackle the cyber threat to stability in the region
  • Digital diplomacy as a mean of engagement amongst people in the region
  • Cooperation in fighting cyber threat amongst countries of the region