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The 2009 Economic Freedom Network Asia International Conference

Overcoming the Global Financial and Economic Crisis: The Rule of Law as the Key to Economic Freedom 8-10 October 2009 Siem Reap, Cambodia



Invitation to attend


Call for Papers


Programme & Social Events


Practical Information Registration


Speakers, Media Centre & Address for Correspondence

(as of 21 May 2009)

The 2009 Economic Freedom Network Asia International Conference

Overcoming the Global Financial and Economic Crisis: The Rule of Law as the Key to Economic Freedom? 9-10 October 2009 Siem Reap, Cambodia

Hosted by the Economic Freedom Network Asia: In collaboration with the Cambodia Institute of Development Study (CIDS) and the Citizen Action Net for Social Development (CAN): With the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF)

Invitation to attend The members of the Economic Freedom Network Asia are pleased to invite you to our annual conference, which will take place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 8-10 October 2009. Bursting with ancient history, Siem Reap – the home of the Angkor Wat – is one of the world’s most attractive and exciting cities.

Conference partners

With the current global economic crisis as backdrop, this year’s conference focuses on the current trend of the market governance. A wave of economic gloom is now moving through Asia, leaving governments reeling in its wake. While the operative word of today is “change”, the direction is worrying. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for the exchange of useful information, practical techniques and networking tailored to the needs of think tanks, industry, academics and policymakers. Since 1998, it has become the EFN Asia conference’s custom to utilise various forms of comprehensive and interactive programmes. In addition to keynote presentations and panel discussions, this year’s conference will employ the Open Space Technology (OST). OST is a facilitation method which allows participants to identify specific issues, self-select into discussion groups and work on issues with individuals of similar interests. The conference is open to anyone interested in the conference topics and in learning from peer networks. Conference registration is free of charge. We sincerely hope that you will join us in making the 2009 EFN Asia International Conference a true success. We look forward to welcoming you to Siem Reap. (as of 21 May 2009)


Important dates

Call for Papers Conference theme The main theme of this year’s conference, Overcoming the Global Financial and Economic Crisis: the Rule of Law as the Key to Economic Freedom?, is devoted to the topic of dealing with the global economic crisis.

Deadline for proposals: 18 July 2009

Notification of acceptance:

27 July 2009 Deadline for registration:

8 August 2009

While crises are nothing new, this one is severe and it has exposed some serious flaws in our economic institutions. We need to understand them to see which reforms are needed. We also need to guard against those who use the crisis as a pretext for furthering their own liberal agendas. We will try to explore how to bridge the gap between people’s clamour for action and protection against the effects of the crisis can be reconciled to sober economic analysis. Otherwise we risk wasting huge amounts of resources for little effect, resources that will go to the politically powerful rather than the needy poor. This is why we also focus on the need to understand who is most affected and what should be done to keep them in focus. Submission for papers/panels/exhibition proposals The conference invites the submission of papers and other forms of presentation such as posters, videos or photos, to present relevant work and new ideas. We encourage submissions of • Individual paper presentations should be submitted addressing the theme ‘Overcoming Global Financial and Economic Crisis: Will the rule of law help?’ • Proposal to organise (or participate in) one of the panels (see the conference programme). • Proposal to exhibit your work (e.g. posters, videos, photos, publications and etc). It is important to note that a proposal to organise a panel must include sufficient background information about the talk, and it should explain why those nominated are appropriate experts in the area. For those selected to exhibit their work, it is expected that one of the presenting authors present at their poster during the ‘Tools of the Trade’ session. Theses presentations will be shown throughout the conference; The “Tools of the Trade” session serves a marketplace, where presenters and participants meet to exchange experiences and ideas. Submissions will be reviewed by the EFN Asia coordinator. Accepted papers/panel and exhibition proposals will be presented at the conference by one of the authors and published in the conference’s manual. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. Financial assistance may be available to individuals presenting at the conference or participating in a panel discussion. General Guideline for Submissions Please submit papers, panel proposals or exhibition proposals as both a Word Document and a PDF attachment to Dr. Gorawut NUMNAK, EFN Asia coordinator, at If extenuating circumstances prevent your online submission, or if you have specific questions regarding the submission, please contact him in advance of the submission deadline to allow for necessary special arrangements. The following guidelines apply to all submissions: Papers must be written in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling. Every page of the manuscript should be numbered. The first page should contain title, name(s) of author(s), full affiliation, complete address (including e-mail of author/s) and abstract (no longer than 250 words). Submission deadline for papers/panels/exhibition proposals: 18 July 2009 Notification date of acceptance: 27 July 2009 (as of 21 May 2009)

Programme The below draft of the 2009 Economic Freedom Network Asia Conference provides potential attendees a flavour of what this year’s conference will be like. Draft programme (as of 21 May 2009)

Overcoming the Global Financial and Economic Crisis: The Rule of Law as the Key to Economic Freedom 9-10 October 2009 Siem Reap, Cambodia Thur. 8 Oct. 2009 0830-9000 0900-0930 0930-1000 1000-1030

1030-1100 1100-1145 1145-1230 1230-1300 1300-1330 1330-1400 1400-1430 1430-1500 1500-1530 1530-1600 1600-1630 1630-1700 1700-1730 1730-1800 1800-1830 1830-1900 1900-1930 1930-2000

(as of 21 May 2009)

Fri. 9 Oct. 2009 Registration Official Opening Keynote speech Overcoming Global Financial and Economic Crisis: Will the rule of law help? Tea break Panel Discussion The Rule of Law: The Key to Economic Freedom Panel One: The Rule of Law: The Cause of the Crisis? Panel Two: The Rule of Law is the solution to the Crisis Lunch Open Space Increasing the impact of our work in promoting the market economy in a hostile global environment

Sat. 10 Oct. 2009 Registration Formal Reports (from each group)

Tea break Formal Reports (continue)

Lunch Launch of EFW report (Asia); Press conference Exhibition: “Tools of the Trade” Breakout session: “Thoughts and Ideas”

Travel to dinner by bus Conference Welcome Reception

Dinner on your own

Dinner Conference Close


Schedule at a glance Thursday 8 October 2009 Arrival in Siem Reap Conference welcome reception (dinner) Friday 9 October 2009 Keynote speech Plenary 1 & 2 Open Space Saturday 10 October 2009 Formal reports (from Open Space) Launch of EFW report Exhibition: “Tools of the Trade” Breakout session: “Thoughts and Ideas” Closing dinner Sunday 11 October 2009 EFN Asia members’ annual meeting (All conference participants are welcome to attend/observe the meeting) Official language The conference will be conducted in English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.

Social Events Welcome reception Thursday 8 October 2009 18.00-20.00 Details to follow Closing dinner Saturday 10 October 2009 18.00-20.00 The closing dinner will take place at a restaurant near the Angkor Wat. Details to follow

Angkor Wat

(as of 21 May 2009)

Practical Information Practical information Siem Reap is the fastest growing city in Cambodia and serves a gateway town to the world famous heritage of the Angkor Wat (located about 6 km north of the city). Travelling to Seam Reap There are direct flight connections daily to Siem Reap from major cities in Southeast Asia. By road, Siem Reap is also accessible from Phnom Penh and the Thai boarder. The city centre is 6 km from the Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport. Visa No visas are required for visitor from Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. A visa is required for other nationalities. One-month visas are available on arrival at the international airports in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. To obtain your visa vie e-Visa, please visit:

Please contact your nearest Cambodian Embassy for more information. Climate November-February: cool/dry March-May: hot/dry June-August: hot/wet September-October: cool/wet Other information to note Currency: Riel. (But the US dollar is the de facto tender) Electricity: 220v/50Hz Time zone: UTC/GMT + 7 hours (UTC) Telephone Area Code: The international code to call Cambodia is “ +63 �

Registration Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, and dinner on Thursday and Saturday. To register, please contact Dr. Gorawut NUMNAK or Ms. Krittiya SINTUPONGPHAN by 8 August 2009, (662) 3650570, fax (662) 7114944, Please note: all participants (including speakers and presenters) are required to register.

(as of 21 May 2009)


Speakers Keynote speakers will address the conference topics (Overcoming Global Financial and Economic Crisis: Will the rule of law help?). We are currently in the process of lining up exciting experts to speak on the theme topic of the current trend of the market governance (The Rule of Law: The Key to Economic Freedom).

Media Centre Various conference documents produced to date are available on the EFN Asia’s website for download. The members, partners and supporters are encouraged to make use of the press release, conference summary, logos, brochure and banner in their promotion of the conference.

Address for Correspondence For correspondence concerning programme information, registration and accommodation, please contact the EFN Asia coordinator at the address below for further information. Postal & Courier Dr. Gorawut NUMNAK Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty 25th Floor, BBC Tower 29 Soi 63 Sukhumvit Road Bangkok 10110, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 2 3650570 Fax: +66 (0) 2 7148384 Email: (as of 21 May 2009) Conference partners

(as of 21 May 2009)

The 2009 Economic Freedom Network Asia International Conference Conference partners

(as of 21 May 2009)

EFN Asia Conference Prospectus  
EFN Asia Conference Prospectus  

EFN Asia Conference Prospectus