The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Southeast Asia Centre of Asia –Pacific Excellence and Victoria University of Wellington are pleased to host the ASEAN Public Sector Leadership programme for Mid-level Officials.
You are invited to a networking function with government officials from the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand) on New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships.
Why ASEAN Matters to New Zealand
Simon Draper, Executive Director of Asia NZ Foundation
The Asia New Zealand Foundation leads an annual Track II dialogue with the ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies, and Australia’s Asialink. This year, we talked about the role of New Zealand (and Australia) in Asia – were we regional stakeholders or external players? This classification is a distraction, perhaps. Given the shifting regional dynamics and challenges, we should instead be talking about how New Zealand and ASEAN might share insights into how to best manage larger powers. ASEAN countries have had to navigate changing power dynamics for decades. New Zealand also has its own unique perspective. Is this the real value-add of our relationship with ASEAN in the current climate?
Simon Draper is Executive Director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation. He previously worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His first offshore assignment was to Seoul, as the Ministry’s first language trainee in Korean. Most recently, as director of the United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth Division, he drove New Zealand’s successful campaign for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.