The ASEAN Way - Time For Change?
The Association of South East Asian Nations is celebrating its 50th anniversary. But five decades on, has ASEAN achieved what it was meant to? The region saw rapid economic growth in the decades after ASEAN was formed. While peace and prosperity flourished and benefited some, poverty is still endured by a majority. And what of the values of the ASEAN Way? Is it time for change, civic reform and greater political representation and personal freedom? What do the people of South East Asia want from their governments and for their future?
The BBC Global Questions had me pose the first question to the panel -- Nurul Izzah Anwar, Malaysian MP and Vice-President of the People's Justice Party, Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, Kao Kim Hourn, Minister Delegate Attached to Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Thant Myint U, Adviser to President Thein Sein of Mynamar, John Riady, Indonesian entrepreneur -- and gave me the last words to close the hour-long program. - Theary C. Seng
|Producer Pascale Puthod, Theary C. Seng, host Zeinab Badawi|
|Kounila Keo, Theary C. Seng|
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