Nikkei to Launch “THE FUTURE OF ASIA”, One of the Most Important Global Conference in Asia on May 20-21

The 26th International Conference on THE FUTURE OF ASIA will be held on Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21, 2021, organized by Nikkei Inc. The conference will be streamed live from Tokyo. Video archives will also be available.

This year’s conference, titled “Shaping the post-COVID era: Asia’s role in the global recovery,” brings together various leaders in Asia, including former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

The coronavirus outbreak is changing the shape of Asia. In the midst of anxiety over the spread of the virus, populism and authoritarianism are rising, and some people worry that democracy is receding.

Will Asian leaders be able to pave the way for the post-COVID era while preserving the principles of “peace and stability” and “diversity?” Will they be able to cooperate on international issues, including overcoming future pandemics? In the 26th International Conference of THE FUTURE OF ASIA, we will discuss how Asia can enter a new era during this time of uncertainty.

In addition to speeches by the political leaders, we are planning to invite experts from various fields for panel discussions on such topics as “Asia and the new US administration,” “International cooperation to fight the pandemic,” “Innovation in the COVID-19 era,” and “Cultural exchange in the COVID-19 era.”

Title:                                     The 26th International Conference on THE FUTURE OF ASIA

Date and Time:                  Thursday, May 20 – Friday, May 21, 2021    9:30a.m.-6:00p.m. (JST, tentative)

How to watch:                   Live streaming/Video archives

Organized by:                    Nikkei Inc.   

Sponsored by:                   The Japan Foundation, Philip Morris Japan

Official Media:                   Nikkei Asia