Joe Kaeser, Chairman, Asia-Pacific-Committee of German Business (APA) and Chairman, Supervisory Board of Siemens Energy AG
Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs, Political Director, European External Action Service
Janka Oertel, Senior Fellow and Director, Asia Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
Christophe Penot, Ambassador for the Indo-Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
Laurence Norman, Deputy Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal, Brussels
While the European Union is set to present its new strategy for the Indo-Pacific, APA and ECFR have teamed up to provide a timely input to the debate. In its latest position paper the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business acknowledges that to secure Europe’s prosperity, it is increasingly important to more effectively represent European interests in the high development dynamics in the Indo-Pacific. A common external economic policy approach of the EU and its member states for the Indo-Pacific region will require a lot of work in putting the issue at the top of the agenda and providing it with the necessary political backing. To underscore some of the remaining challenges in moving a European agenda forward, ECFR will also present the results of its recent score card survey in 27 member states on perceptions of and perspectives on the Indo-Pacific in the EU.