ASEF 15th Anniversary Ceremony with ESM Goh Chok Tong

Uploaded by asiaeuropefoundation on 17.07.2012

On this special occasion the Asia-Europe Foundation feels deeply honoured
with the presence of the Emeritus Senior Minister, Goh Chok Tong, one of its founding fathers
Today is a memorable moment in ASEF history, as we are officially commemorating the foundations' 15th anniversary
Having helped conceive and launch ASEF fifteen years ago
I am proud of what the foundation has managed to achieve
While ASEM would play an important role in strengthening dialogue between Asia and Europe at the governmental level
there was a need to strengthen people-to-people ties as well
ASEF was conceived as the vehicle to do this job
It would be an institution to proactively develop and maintain Asia-Europe networks
and foster the creation of platforms for shared learning
and the exchange of ideas between peoples of the two regions