Agenda & Schedule

                                   July 13, 2017 

18:30-20:30         Reception Dinner Sala Thai, 4th Floor, Pullman Hotel


                                   July 14, 2017      


Registration (Orchid Ballroom 1,2nd Floor, Pullman Hotel)




Welcome Remarks 
Dr. Watcharas Leelawath, Mekong Institute Executive Director

Opening Remarks 
Mr. Tun Tun Naing, Council Chairman of Mekong Institute


Keynote Speech I: New Geo-economics: Reshaping the Future of GMS?

Dr. Narongchai Akrasanee, Chairman of Mekong Institute Steering Committee


Keynote Speech II:The Rise and Fall of Protectionism: Opportunities and Challenges for the GMS

Datuk M. Supperamaniam, Former Malaysian Ambassador to the WTO


Group Photo, Coffee Break and Networking


Session I: Dynamics of Geopolitics and Geo-economics: Past, Present and Future

Changes in geopolitics and geo-economics in the GMS have resulted into vast regional socio-economic transformation in the past, and the Mekong Forum provides a platform for development stakeholders to discuss ways on how to move forward and cope with yet another major shift in the global economic and political landscape.

Ms. Holly A. Miles, Pickering Fellow, Econ Section, U.S. Embassy, Thailand

Prof. Dr. Hikari Ishido, Professor of International Economics, Chiba University

Assoc. Prof. Xiong Bin, Faculty of Management and Economics, Kunming University of Science and Technology

Dr. Prabir De, ASEAN-India Centre (AIC), 

Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India

Dr. Soraphol Tulayasathien, Executive Director, Macroeconomic Policy Bureau, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance, Thailand

Moderator: Dr. Watcharas Leelawath, Executive Director, Mekong Institute


Lunch (Orchid Ballroom 3, 2nd floor, Pullman hotel)


Session II:Re-assessing Impacts on Development Cooperation in the GMS

This session highlights the implications of the new geo-economics in fostering development partnerships in the GMS. It also underscores the increasing importance of strengthening cooperation and coordination among GMS development partners in maximizing the opportunities brought about by the new geo-economics.

Mr. Min Zar Ni Lin, Senior Technical and Policy Analyst , Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Myanmar

Mr. Zach Center, Country Manager, PACT Cambodia

Dr. Kensuke Yamaguchi, Project Assistant Professor, Policy Research Unit, Global Energy Policy and East Asia, Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), Tokyo

Dr. Edgard R. Rodriguez, Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Center (IDRC)

Mr. Kunzang N Tshering, Director (Bhutan), Bay of Bengal Initative for Multi-Sectoral, Technical & Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Moderator: Ms. Maria Theresa S. Medialdia, Director, Agricultural Commercialization and Development Department, Mekong Institute


Coffee Break 


Session III:  Re-adjusting Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Strategies for the GMS

With the new geo-economics signaling the rise of mercantilism and individualism among the world's superpowers, it becomes crucial for GMS development stakeholders to explore ways to adapt to new trends in global trade and investment, and ensure continued economic prosperity.

Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director, Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Myanmar

Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon, Director General, Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO), Thailand

Mr. Viengsavang Thippavong, Deputy Director-General, Economic Research Institute for Industry and Trade (ERIT), Lao PDR

Dr. Piyaporn Aeimtitiwat, Deputy Executive Director, International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD), Thailand

Mr. Marc Proksch, Chief of Business and Development Section, Investment and Entreprise Division, UNESCAP

Dr. Chuta Tharachai, Senior Manager, Domestic MICE Department of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Moderator: Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta, Director, Trade and Investment Facilitation Department, Mekong Institute


Wrap-up and the Way Forward