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LSE's Asia Forum events were held between 2004-2014 and were an important and very public part of the School's strategy to enhance its long standing relationship with the rapidly developing Asian region. LSE has historically attracted many very talented students and staff from all major Asian countries. The School has a large and distinguished group of alumni in the region and has been active in building partnerships with business and governments for many years.

The LSE Asia Forum bought together LSE's key partners in the region. The Forum provided an opportunity for analysis of different perspectives on the economic, social, political and cultural contributions Asia is making to global development.

In 2015, it was decided that LSE would implement a new series of Global Forums in place of the previous Asia Forum format.  More information on these new events can be found at LSE Global Forum Series.

Previous Forum highlights

The first LSE Asia Forum took place in March 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand. The theme was 'Asia: the future of the world economy'. Prime Minister His Excellency Dr Thaksin Shinawatra formally opened the forum. Read the Opening Remarks by His Excellency Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra Prime Minister of Thailand at the Opening Ceremony of the LSE Asia Forum 2004
Further details of this event can be found at LSE Asia Forum - Thailand 2004.

Hong Kong was the location for the 2nd Asia Forum.  The theme was 'Managing the Dynamics of Growth'. Watch the speech and webcast of Acting Financial Secretary, Mr Stephen Ip from 2005                                                                                                    Further details of this event can be found at LSE Asia Forum - Hong Kong 2005.

'Challenging Globalisation: reform, governance and society' was the theme of LSE Asia Forum 2006 which took place in New Delhi, India. Read the opening address by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh  from Delhi 2006.                                                                     Further details of this event can be found at LSE Asia Forum - India 2006.

Singapore hosted the Asia Forum in April 2008 which was entitled 'The Politics of Knowledge'. Details about this event can be found at LSE Asia Forum - Singapore 2008.

The 5th Asia Forum was hosted in Beijing in March 2010, under the title 'China and the World: The Challenges of Change'. Details about this event can be found at LSE Asia Forum - Beijing 2010

The 6th and final Asia Forum was held in Kuala Lumper, Malaysia on 2-3 April 2014 and was entitled  'Building Asian futures: integration, welfare and growth?' The event took place at the Shangri La Hotel. For more details, please click here: LSE Asia Forum - Malaysia 2014.  Podcasts and videos of many of the 2014 Forum sessions are available online


Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi addressing the Forum in 2010

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking in 2008

Shyamala Gopinath, Deputy Governor Reserve Bank of India speaking in 2005

The Bank of Thailand's governor, Mr Pridiyathorn Devakula graciously addressed the dinner guests in 2004

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joins the panel on stage to remember friend, colleague and former LSE Director IG Patel (2006)