Seminar on “Connecting the Connectivities: Synergy through Enhanced Partnership”

Friday, 22 January 2021

(via videoconference)

Time (GMT+7)

Bangkok time


10.00 – 10.15

Opening Remarks

10.15 – 11.30

Session 1: Global Supply Chain Connectivity

To discuss the current dynamics of global supply chains in the regional and sub-regional context – the outlook of global trade trends, the potential of sub- and cross-regional collaboration, and ASEAN’s supply chain network that is resilient to pandemic events.


  • World Bank Dr. Aaditya Mattoo, Chief Economist, World Bank
  • U.S. Mr. Thomas R. Hardy, Director for Programme Management, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
  • ROK Dr. Nakgyoon Choi, Visiting Research Fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
  • China Mr. Sami Farhad, Senior Director of the Globalization Office, Alibaba Group
  • Viet Nam Mr. Nguyen Tuong, Deputy Secretary-General, Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA)
  • Thailand Dr. Luxmon Attapich, Deputy Secretary-General, Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)

Moderator: H.E. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Special Advisor, Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)

11.30 – 13.00
Lunch break
13.00 – 14.15

Session 2: Green and Digital Connectivity

To identify possible concrete areas of cooperation and synergies between MPAC 2025 and other connectivity initiatives such as BRI, Partnership for Quality Infrastructure and its expanded version, and New Southern Policy in the Green and Digital Connectivity area.


  • ERIA Prof. Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
  • China Dr. Rong Ying, Vice President, China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)
  • Japan Mr. Shige Watanabe, Director of Information and Communications Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • ROK Mr. Jaehong Ko, Associate Director for Overseas Project Division, Korea Expressway Corporation
  • Thailand Ms. Yingluk Kongkasai, Head of Transaction Banking Group, Bank of Ayudhya Pcl.
  • Indonesia Dr. Rudy Salahuddin, Deputy Minister for Digital Economy, Manpower, and SMEs, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Indonesia

Moderator: Mr. Lim Chze Cheen, Director of ASEAN Connectivity Division, ASEAN Secretariat

14.15 – 14.30
14.30 – 15.45

Session 3: Smart and Sustainable Connectivity

To discuss how to enhance connectivity through inclusive smart and sustainable cooperation between ASEAN and Dialogue Partners, and to synergize in areas of mutual benefits.


  • Australia Dr. Fraser Thompson, Director of AlphaBeta Advisory
  • EU Mr. Harvey Rouse, Head of Unit for International Relations, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
    - Mr. Karel Vinck, Former European Coordinator for Railways, European Commission
  • Singapore Mr. Seth Tan, Executive Director, Infrastructure Asia
  • Thailand H.E. Nikorndej Balankura, Ambassador attached to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
  • India Prof. Arpita Mukherjee, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

Moderator: Ms. Almud Weitz, Practice Manager for Transport for South East Asia and Pacific, World Bank

15.45 – 16.00

Key takeaways

ASEAN Secretariat to suggest key takeaways

16.00 – 16.05

Closing Remarks

  • Ms. Usana Berananda, Director General, Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
  • Mr. Birgit Hansl, Country Manager for Thailand, East Asia and Pacific, World Bank