Photo (L to R): Thailand's Charge d' Affaires Jeerasak Pomsuwan, Philippine Ambassador Leah M. Basinang-Ruiz, Vietnam Ambassador Vu Dang Dung and Indonesia Ambassador Siti Nugraha Mauludiah.
The Embassy participated in a Symposium organized by the ASEAN Committee in Warsaw (ACW) on Friday afternoon at 14:00 H on 13 December 2019 in Warsaw.
The symposium was held in a lecture room of host Collegium Civitas at the Palace of Culture and Science at the city center. Under the symposium’s theme “The progress of the ASEAN Economic Community”, the ACW sought to inform academic circles, Embassies and think tanks in Poland about the ASEAN Economic Community through presentations by, and interaction with, the ASEAN Ambassadors in Warsaw.
Philippine Ambassador Leah M. Basinang-Ruiz presented on the prospects of an ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement, after Indonesia’s Ambassador Siti Nugraha Mauludiah gave an introductory presentation on ASEAN and Vietnam’s Ambassador Vu Dang Dung explained the ASEAN Economic Community and opportunities for ASEAN’s cooperation with Poland.
Ambassador Basinang-Ruiz was then followed by Thailand’s Chargé d’Affaires Jeerasak Pomsuwan, who expounded on ASEAN connectivity and key results of Thailand’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2019. Prof. Stanislaw Mocek, Rector of Collegium Civitas opened the symposium, while Dr. Katarzyna Maniszewska, the Vice-Rector for International Relations, moderated the ensuing open forum after the
presentations by the ASEAN Ambassadors.
The guests were then given the opportunity to interact personally with the panelist Ambassadors over light snacks featuring Southeast Asian food contributed by the four participating ASEAN Embassies of the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Some 80 guests consisting of students, members of the faculty, representatives of some Embassies in Warsaw, and persons working in Polish think tanks attended the afternoon symposium, the culminating activity of AWC in the second half of 2019 under the chairmanship of Thailand.
Host Collegium Civitas is a private international and bi-lingual school in Warsaw offering bachelor’s and master’s programs in management and marketing, new media and journalism, psychology, security and information analysis, sociology, culture, and international relations and diplomacy. It offers courses in English and Polish and has a rising international student population from all over the world, including some 70 students from Asia, mostly from Vietnam. In this semester, there is one Filipino student enrolled at Collegium Civitas. [end]
Philippine Ambassador Leah M. Basinang- Ruiz presents the prospects of the ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreements