The 2014 LSE Asia Forum was held in Kuala Lumpur at the Shangri-La Hotel on Thursday 3 April.
The LSE Asia Forum brings together academics, policy makers, and figures from the business and finance sectors to discuss issues pertaining to Asia and its relation to the rest of the world.
This was the first time that LSE has held this prestigious event in Malaysia, and it is the sixth such event since the inaugural Asia Forum in Bangkok in 2004.
This year’s Forum also coincided with LSE’s first-ever graduation ceremony in Malaysia, which took place on Wednesday 2nd April. The ceremony was overseen by LSE Director, Professor Craig Calhoun.
The Forum was opened on Thursday 3 April with akeynote speech from the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, delivered on his behalf by Senator Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid bin Omar.
In the speech, the Prime Minister said it was, “an honour to be invited to address the LSE Asia Forum, which has done much to strengthen the connection between Clare Market and our continent…In our region, as in the world, your institution has been an oversized presence in the halls of power.”
Discussing development and economic growth in Asia, the Prime Minister said development in Asia depends on their ability to, “…reduce inequality, to build stronger economic connections, to commit to a more accountable capitalism.” He added that the challenges of economic development will not be met without a commitment to co-operation, or a commitment of resources and political will.
The theme for this year’s LSE Asia Forum was ‘Building Asian Futures: Integration, Welfare, and Growth?’, with participants discussing the rewards and the challenges that Asia faces as it realises its position in the global and borderless economy.
In addition to a broad discussion of issues which affect the region, there were four sessions focusing on key topics – International and Regional relations in Asia, Cities and Urbanisation, ASEAN Leadership in a Leaderless World, and International Monetary Regimes. Each session was led by an eminent LSE academic. There was also a special lunchtime session, on ‘Leveraging Asia’s Success’, which was led by LSE Professor Tim Besley.
The conference also featured prominent speakers from Malaysia, Southeast Asia, and across the world as chairs and respondents, and was attended by more than 500 invited delegates.
In an address delivered by Professor Craig Calhoun at the start of the day it was announced that LSE will establish a new academic centre focusing on South East Asian Studies. Named for its benefactor, The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre will be led by Malaysian-born Professor Danny Quah as Director Designate, and opened in the new academic year.
The day’s events were streamed live and podcasts and videos of the day's events are now available online.
For more information about the programme please see: LSE Asia Forum - Malaysia 2014
3 April 2014