Program of Conference 2014, Hong Kong

* Originally posted on September 30, 2014.

The Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia Conference 2014 will be on 6-7 November at the Harbour Grand Hong Kong Hotel, Hong Kong. The theme of the conference will be “Liberalism: Promoting Growth, Reducing Inequality”. The event is jointly sponsored by the Lion Rock Institute (LRI), EFN Asia, and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF).

Here is the Conference Programme as of this week. There could be minor changes in the list of speakers and facilitators in the coming weeks as people confirm or change their participation. I got this program from the Program Officer of EFN, Pett Jarupaiboon. Thanks Pett. The photos, I added them here.

(First, second and third rows, respectively: Bill Stacey, Siggi Herzog, Razeen Sally, Choi Byung-il, Pham Chi Lan, Wan Saiful Wan Jan)
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Day 1

(MC for Day 1: Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Chief Executive, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Malaysia)

Welcoming remarks:

-Bill Stacey, Chairman, LRI

-Siegfried Herzog, Regional Director, FNF Southeast and East Asia

Opening Keynote Address

“Economic Growth and Inequality”

– Dr Razeen Sally

Visiting Assoc. Prof, The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, The National University of Singapore and Director, European Centre for International Political Economy

Session 1: Insights from the Keynote Address

– Pham Chi Lan, Member of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Competitiveness Enhancement, Vietnam

– Dr Choi Byung-il, Professor, Ewha’s Womans University, Korea

– Hong Kong resident (TBC)

Moderator: Bill Stacey

Session 2: Reality Checking in Asia

Asian Cafe

(Facilitator: Introduced and facilitated by Miklos Romandy, Regional Programme Coordinator, FNF Regional Southeast and East Asia and Traon Pongsopon, Programme Assistant, FNF Thailand)

First round:

– Hong Kong/Peter Wong, Executive Director, LRI/LRI rapporteur

– Thailand/Dr Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput, Executive Chairman, Thailand Future Foundation/Armin Reinartz, Project Assistant, FNF Southeast and East Asia

– Bangladesh

– Myanmar/Aye Kyaw, Principal of Myanmar Human Resource Institute/Nway Nway Soe, Programme Manager, FNF Myanamr

– Sri Lanka

Second round:

– China/Dr Mao Shoulong, Professor, Academy of Public Policy, Rennmin University/Rachaphum Panichsombat, Senior Analyst, Sasin Institute for Glabal Affairs

– Indonesia/Ulil Absar Abdalla, Freedom Institute, Indonesia/Raja Juliantoni, the Indonesian Institute

– Pakistan

– Mongolia

– Vietnam/Dr Le Dang Doanh, Senior Economist, Association of Vietnam’s Economists /Dau Anh Tuan,

Director General of the Legal Department of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

– Bhutan

Third round:

– Korea/Dr Kim Chung-Ho, President and CEO, Freedom Factory ltd., Korea (TBC)

– Malaysia/Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Chief Executive, IDEAS, Malaysia/ Fareeza Ibrahim, Southeast Asia Network for Development (SEANET)

– The Philippines/Nonoy Oplas, President, Minimal Government Thinkers, The Philippines

– India

– Nepal

– Cambodia

(By row: (r1) Andrew Work, Barun Mitra, Xingyuan Feng; (r2) Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Ken Schoolland, Ronald Meinardus; (r3) Fred McMahon, Andrew Shuen, John Tsang)

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Session 3: Property Rights and Equality

– Andrew Work, Co-Founder, LRI

– Professor, Michael X.Y. Feng, Vice President, Cathay Institute for Public Affairs, China

– Barun Mitra, Director, Liberty Institute, India

– Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Director, Institute of Security and International Studies, Thailand

Moderator: Ken Schoolland, Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science, Hawai‘i Pacific University

Cocktails, Dinner

The Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) Report 2014

Introduction of Speaker:

Dr Ronald Meinardus, Regional Director, FNF South Asia

Introduction to the EFW report, Briefing

Fred McMahon, Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom, Canada

Presentation of EFW Report 2014 to H.E. John Tsang, Financial Secretary, Hong Kong SAR

Introduction of Speaker:

Andrew Sheun, Co-Founder, LRI

Special Address

H.E. John Tsang, Financial Secretary, Hong Kong SAR

Day 2

(MC For Day 2: Andrew Work, Co-founder, LRI)

Session 4: Conference speed dating for all participants

Facilitators: Miklos Romandy and Traon Pongsopon

Topics discussed

 What do you think about the previous presentations?

 What critique do you have?

 What is your own argument?

Session 5:

Dr Tom Palmer, Executive Vice President for International Programs, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, USA

Session 6: The AEC: opportunities and challenges

Organised by South East Asia Network for Development (SEANET)

CALD-EFN Asia Joint Session

Welcome Remarks

Hon. Oyun Sanjaasuren, MP Chairperson, Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

President, United Nations Environmental Assembly

Minister of Environment and Green Development, Mongolia

Co-Chair, Civil Will Green Party of Mongolia

Bill Stacey, Chairperson, LRI, Hong Kong

Hon. Markus Löning (TBC) Former Commissioner for Human Rights, Free Democratic Party of Germany

Keynote Address

Hon. Emily Lau, MP

Legislative Councillor, Hong Kong

Chairperson, Democratic Party of Hong Kong

Panel Discussion on the Liberal Economy and Wealth Disparity

Hon. Sin Chung Kai, MP

Legislative Councillor, Hong Kong Democratic Party of Hong Kong

Individual Member, Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

Dr Parth Shah (TBC)

President, Centre for Civil Society, India

Hon. Saumura Tioulong, MP

Member of the Cambodian National Assembly

Cambodia National Rescue Party

Former Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia

Dr Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput

Executive Chairman, Thailand Future Foundation

Moderator: Jules Maaten, Project Director, FNF Philippines

Leave for the Hong Kong Legislative Council

Gala Dinner for CALD, EFN Asia and LI Participants

(MCs: Armin Reinartz, Project Assistant | China Analyst, FNF Southeast and East Asia Office, and

Jaslyn Go International Liaison and Assistant Treasurer, Singapore Democratic Party)

Dr Juli Minoves – Triquell

President, Liberal International

Bill Stacey (TBC)

Chairperson, LRI

Siegfried Herzog

Regional Director, FNF Southeast and East Asia

Martin Lee

Founding Chairperson, Democratic Party of Hong Kong

Individual Member, Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats and Liberal International

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