To channel civil society inputs into the 7th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMCMM7), ASEF organised a panel discussion: Culture and the Creative Economy: What Opportunities for Asia-Europe Exchange and Collaboration?” on 22 June 2016, in Gwangju, Korea, alongside the 2nd Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of ASEMCMM7. Key messages from the panel discussion on 22 June were presented to ASEM Culture Ministers on 24 June.

As the only permanent institution of ASEM, ASEF has an important function in connecting the views and concerns of civil society in Asia and Europe with reflections at the ASEM level.