The Office of the Higher Education Commission, in collaboration with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ASEAN University Network, hosted the 25th Network of East Asia Think Tanks Country Coordinators Meeting (NEAT CCM) on the 28th July 2016 at Pathumwan Princess Hotel, Bangkok.
Network of East Asia Think Tanks is the scholars and researchers network in ASEAN Plus Three (APT) countries. The network serves as a regional mechanism, aiming to promote the academic exchanges and provide intellectual support for East Asian cooperation and development. In addition, it facilitates collaboration between the government and academic sectors, particularly on key and sensitive agendas in the region, for instance maritime transportation, irregular migration, and East Asian community development. Each year, NEAT submits strategic ideas and policy recommendations to the APT Summit.
Ms. Aporn Kanvong, Secretary-General for Higher Education Commission NEAT CCM chaired the meeting which had 43 participants from 11 ASEAN Plus Three (APT) countries. The meeting focused on two main topics: Crisis Management in APT countries and East Asian Economic Community (EAEC) Building. The crisis management consisted of issues relating to irregular migration and public health, for instance human trafficking, statelessness and refugee, and communicable and non-communicable diseases prevention. The discussion on EAEC building emphasized the importance of economic cooperation between APT countries. The meeting concluded by adopting the NEAT Memorandum No. 13. It will be presented at the ASEAN Plus Three Senior Official Meeting as policy recommendations on 12th August 2016 in Vientiane, Laos PDR. The meeting expressed its appreciation to Republic of Korea who agreed to host the next meeting in February 2017.