Barcelona,  10 July 2023 (TDI):  Ekkaphab Phanthavong, Deputy Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), actively engaged in the 44th Asia-Europe Foundation Board of Governors Meeting (ASEFBoG44) held in Barcelona, Spain, on 6th and 7th July.

This crucial gathering convened esteemed delegates from across Asia and Europe to explore the expansion of cultural and people-to-people connections through ASEF initiatives.

The ASEFBoG44 served as a platform to deliberate upon projects undertaken by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and devise strategies to further enhance cross-regional ties.

With its mission to promote dialogue, foster collaborations, and deepen mutual understanding between Asia and Europe, ASEF plays a pivotal role in cultivating strong cultural bonds.

Deputy Secretary-General Ekkaphab Phanthavong expressed his enthusiasm for the dynamic discussions that transpired during the meeting.

He emphasized the importance of nurturing cultural exchange programs and facilitating robust interpersonal networks between the two continents.

By encouraging active participation from various sectors, such as arts, education, and civil society, ASEF can amplify its impact and bring diverse communities closer together.

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The gathering witnessed fruitful deliberations on numerous ASEF projects, including art exhibitions, academic exchanges, and capacity-building initiatives.

Participants explored innovative avenues to leverage technology and digital platforms in order to expand the reach and accessibility of cultural exchange programs.

By harnessing the power of technology, ASEF aims to bridge geographical barriers and engage a wider audience, fostering a truly inclusive and interconnected Asia-Europe cultural ecosystem.

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During the 44th Asia-Europe Foundation Board of Governors Meeting (ASEFBoG44), the adoption of ASEF’s Strategic Plan emerged as the key outcome.

This plan will serve as a comprehensive framework to guide the development, implementation, and streamlining of ASEF projects and activities.

As ASEF celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2022, it provided a significant opportunity to reflect on its accomplishments over the past quarter-century and lay the groundwork for the future.