Pett Jarupaiboon, the Program Officer of the FNF for EFN Asia and regional human rights campaign, gave these input on the early years of EFN Asia.
The network was formed by the FNF in 1998 in a conference in Manila, Philippines. No specific theme, just a general discussion on economic freedom as it pierces through various topics, especially the Asian financial turmoil of 1997-98. FNF partners then were the Fraser Institute (Canada), the Center for Research and Communication (CRC, Philippines) and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (USA). These two institutes partnered with FNF in organizing the first conference in Manila.
1999, meeting-conference was held in Vancouver, Canada, September 19-21. Vancouver is the home of the Fraser Institute, where FNF established partnership in co-sponsoring the annual publication and dissemination of its Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) annual reports. The annual study was initiated by Michael Walker and the late Milton Friedman.
2000, July 27-28, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on “Capital Mobility.” FNF partnered with the Malaysian Institute for Economic Research (MIER).
2001, no conference because of 9-11 attacks in the US, then US invasion of Afghanistan, lots of security issues then.
2002. “Economic Freedom in Asia”, September 29-31, Kuta, Indonesia.
2003, “Economic Freedom in Asia”, September 24-27, Japur, India.
2004, “The Role of Government in Asian Economies”, September 15-17, Gold Coast Hotel, Hong Kong.
Co-sponsors: Hong Kong Center for Economic Research (HKCER), University of Hong Kong, Atlas Economic Research Foundation (USA), Unirule Institute of Economics, National Economic Research Institute (NERI), and China Reform Foundation (CRF). The last three are Beijing-based.
2005, “Securing Economic Growth: Legal Structures and Property Rights in Asia”
October 1-2, Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket, Phuket, Thailand
Co-sponsor: Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
2006, “Preferential Trade Agreements: Local Solutions for Global Free Trade?”
September 12-13, Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Co-sponsors: Malaysia Institute of Economic Research (MIER), Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Virginia, USA.
2007, “Freedom of Education: A tribute to Milton Friedman”, September 3-5, New Delhi, India.
Co-sponsor: Center for Civil Society (CCS) India.
2008, “Private Property Rights: The Economic Foundation of a Free Society”, September 18-19, University of Asia and the Pacific, Manila, Philippines.
Co-sponsors: Center for Research and Communication (CRC), Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), Philippine Economic Society (PES).
2009, “Overcoming the Global Financial and Economic Crisis: The Rule of Law as the Key to Economic Freedom?”, October 9-10, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Co-sponsors: Cambodia Institute for Development Studies (CIDS), Citizen Action Network for Social Development (CANSD), FNF.
2010, “Migration and the Wealth of Nations”, October 6-8, Sultan Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Co-sponsors: Indonesian Institute, Freedom Institute, Institute for Economics and Social Research (LPEM, University of Indonesia), Atlas (USA), Fraser Institute (Canada), and International Policy Network (IPN) London.
2011, “Competition: Engine for Prosperity”, October 11-12, Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Co-sponsors: Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS), KL.
2012, “How Welfare Populism Destroys Prosperity: the Populist Challenge to Economic Freedom”, November 6-7, Crowne Plaza East Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Co-sponsor: Lion Rock Institute (LRI).
2013, Bangkok, Thailand.
I have attended the conferences in 2004-2006, 2008, and 2010-2014.