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ASEF Outlook Report 2014/2015 – Facts & Perspectives

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
January 2014 - April 2015 Governance & Economy Department Sustainable Development
Governance & Human Rights


In 2012, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) developed an “Outlook Report” that set out to offer an analysis of the future of Asia-Europe relations and its implications on the ASEM process.  The two-volume publication included both quantitative indicators and perceptions, offering separate but complementary sets of insights into the status and future possibilities for Asia-Europe relations. The final publication, entitled ASEM Outlook Report 2012 – Foresight is 20/20: Scenario Building for Policy Analysis and Strategy Development was designed to contribute to the 9th ASEM Summit, which took place in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2012.


In 2014, ASEF developed a follow-up Outlook Report that took as its focus key developments that had taken place in the interim, offering an analysis of major trends that represented the key challenges and opportunities for Asia-Europe relations in the forthcoming years.


The publication, titled ASEF Outlook Report 2014/2015 – Facts & Perspectives is ASEF’s lead contribution to the 10th ASEM Summit that took place in Milan, Italy from 16–17 October 2014. The theme of the Summit, â€œResponsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security”, was closely aligned to key issues that were addressed as part of the Outlook Report.


By offering an analysis of emerging global and regional challenges associated with sustainable growth and development, the publication should be of major interest to governments and others that have a strong interest in the evolution of Asia-Europe relations. The report also contributes to a better understanding among Asian and European countries on how to reshape growth in a way that delivers upon the economic, social, and environmental responsibilities required by sustainable development.


The ASEF Outlook Report 2014/2015 was launched by ASEF’s Executive Director Ambassador Zhang Yan during his address at the Senior Officials of the ASEM Summit on 15 October 2014.


A follow-up launch in Asia was organised on 10 April 2015 in conjunction with the Model ASEM Singapore 2015. For more information, please see the project updates in the below section.


  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project Updates

  • On 10 April 2015, ASEF with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised the launch of the ASEF Outlook Report 2014/2015 in Singapore.

    Following the welcome remarks from Ambassador ZHANG Yan, ASEF’s Executive Director, Mr Zainal Arif MANTAHA, Director-General (Europe) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, gave a speech on ASEF’s relevance in fostering people-to-people connections between Asian and European countries. Subsequently, Ambassador Tormod C. ENDRESEN, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Singapore and ASEF Governor for Norway, officially launched the ASEF Outlook Report 2014/2015, expressing his thanks to ASEF for its efforts in publishing this report.

    Following the official launch, a panel discussion was held between Professor HUANG Jing, Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Mr Jean-François DI MEGLIO, President, Asia Centre, moderated by Dr YEO Lay Hwee, Director, European Union Centre in Singapore.

    During the discussion, Prof. HUANG highlighted that despite the fact that Asia and Europe are so different, there is a growing need to bring both continents together. He stated that both continents faced numerous problems, which could only be solved by the combined efforts of both regions in order to survive and modernise themselves. Mr DI MEGLIO expressed his concern on Europe’s growing inward-looking policy and it’s diminishing financial commitments to the other regions, specifically Asia. Furthermore he stated that European leaders may consider Asia to be less important as they increasingly focus on home-based problems. In sum, he emphasised the potential to establish and reinforce links with Asia.

    This event was organised in conjunction with Model ASEM Singapore 2015 and raised a number of issues on the Asia-Europe relations that Model ASEM delegates tackled in the following 3 days.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will organise a public launch of the ASEF Outlook Report 2014/2015: Divergences in Asia, Disunion in Europe: Cross-perception Views in conjunction with the Model ASEM Singapore 2015. This event is a follow-up to a previous launch held at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Senior Officials’ Meeting during its 10th ASEM Summit (ASEM10) in October 2014 in Milan, Italy.

    The ASEF Outlook Report 2014/2015 offers an analysis of emerging global and regional challenges associated with sustainable growth and development. While Volume I: Facts at Glance provides data that will allow the reader to better understand the political and socio-economic conditions in ASEM countries as well as the differences and similarities between them, Volume II: Perspectives on Sustainable Development offers in-depth insights into selected priority areas, including inequality, migrants’ health, education, creative industries, quality of growth and employment, in the light of trends in sustainable development and growth.

    Sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, the upcoming Asian launch of the ASEF Outlook Report 2014/2015 will be opened by ASEF’s Governor for Norway, Ambassador Tormod C. ENDRESEN, from the Norwegian Embassy in Singapore. Following this opening, a panel discussion will be led by Professor HUANG Jing, Director, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS), and Mr Jean-François DI MEGLIO, President, Asia Centre, along with moderation by Dr YEO Lay Hwee, Director, European Union Centre in Singapore. The panel discussion will focus on the 2 leading scholars’ views on recent political, economic, social developments across Asia and Europe as well as their impact on Asia-Europe relations.

    For registration, please click here

  • ASEF Outlook Workshop

    Published on 05 Aug 2014

    On 7-8 July 2014, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) invited experts from Asia and Europe to Singapore to attend the ASEF Outlook Workshop.

    The discussions during the workshop revolved around the upcoming publication ASEF Outlook Report 2014/2015: Facts & Future of ASEM Countries. This report to be published in October this year will examine how ASEM member countries are facing the challenge of realising economic growth while embracing sustainable practices.

    Download your copy from here once the report is published!

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