Nov 14, 2012
East Asian leaders will discuss how to
address economic and financial disorder when they meet heads of the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and
the World Trade Organisation (WTO) next week, a source said today.
The source, who asked not to be named,
said the Asean Global Dialogue would also include the head of the United
Nations Conference on Trade and Development, a senior World Bank
official and outgoing Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan.
The two-hour dialogue, to be held on
Tuesday next week, is a Cambodian initiative aimed at promoting Asean as
a serious high-level platform to discuss global issues.
Prime Minister Hun Sen is scheduled to
chair the dialogue which is expected to include remarks by IMF Managing
Director Christine Lagarde, ADB President Haruhito Kuroda and WTO
Director-General Pascal Lamy.
Additional remarks are expected to be
made by UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi and World Bank
managing director Sri Mulyani Indrawati as well as Surin.
The remarks are scheduled to be followed
by a one-hour open dialogue among leaders attending the East Asia Summit
which groups Asean with the United States, China, Russia, India, Japan,
South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
Cambodia hopes the dialogue will attract
multilateral support to the Phnom Penh Agenda adopted by Asean leaders
in April in addition to raising the regional group's political and