European External Action Service
ASEM Coordinators, appointed by their respective regions, facilitate the coordination of the ASEM process.
The Asia-Europe Business Forum (AEBF) is a meeting of business leaders from Asia and Europe, created by the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) to strengthen economic cooperation between the business sectors of the two regions.
At the 1st ASEM Summit held in 1996 in Bangkok, Thailand, the Heads of States and Governments from Asia and Europe endorsed the creation of two ASEM-related bodies in order to foster themes of common interest between the two regions.
The socio-cultural and educational dimension of the dialogue was entrusted to the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), with a permanent base in Singapore. The development of an economic and business dimension gave birth to the Asia-Europe Business Forum (AEBF). The 1st AEBF was convened in Paris (France) in October 1996, under the French chairmanship of Mr. Francois Xavier Ortoli.
The AEBF meetings that followed adhered to the spirit of balance prevailing at the ASEM and have been held alternately in Europe and in Asia on a yearly basis, with a chairmanship from the organising country. Between plenary fora, task forces covering topics of common interest have been active under the leadership of relevant business personalities or economic experts, with the coordination being made by the organizer of the incoming forum.
The AEBF usually consists of two parts: plenary meetings with business leaders and political figures, and working group discussions.
The plenary meetings of the AEBF are high-profile fora with world standards, with great attendance from Asia and Europe. The AEBF held in October 2008 in Beijing, China, gathered 800 participants.The AEBF functions as follows:
Some of the themes that are of common interest between Asia and Europe, that have been or will be discussed at the AEBF, include:
Dr. Jacques Gravereau
AEBF Core Group Coordinator
1 September 2010