Wednesday, November 09, 2022

EFN Asia 69, Rewind of Conferences 1998-2016

This is the list, sort of "rewind" of Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia Annual Conferences, organized and funded by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF). Fraser Institute (Canada) was a regular co-sponsor. 

It started in 1998 but I attended only starting 2004 when I and some buddies in Manila formed Minimal Government, which we renamed Minimal Government Thinkers in 2008. I have attended all the annual conferences 2004-2016 except in 2007 and 2008. When FNF started co-sponsoring the Atlas-sponsored annual Asia Liberty Forum since 2013, FNF decided that EFN Asia conference in 2016 would be the last.

The photos I took from my previous posts in this blog under "EFN Asia" series, reposting some of them here.

1st EFN Asia International Conference
November 5-7, 1998, Manila, Philippines.

2nd EFN Asia International Conference
September 19-21, 1999, Vancouver, Canada.

3rd Conf. theme: ”Capital Mobility”
July 27-28, 2000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

4th Conf. theme: “Economic Freedom in Asia”
September 29-30, 2002, Kuta, Indonesia.

5th Conf. theme: “Economic Freedom in Asia”
September 24-27, 2003, Japur, India.

6th Conf. theme: “The Role of Government in Asian Economies”
September 16-18, 2004, Hong Kong.

Below, upper left photo, from left: Ellen Cain of FEF, Colleen Dyble and Jo Kwong of Atlas, me, guy from Pakistan, James Lawson, co-author of the annual Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) annual reports.

Second row, left photo: Jo Kwong, me, Joe Lehman of Mackinac Center in Michigan, USA and Ugnius Trumpa of Lithuanian Free Market Institute. Bottom photo: Cuong Nguyen, Joe Lehman, Ellen Cain, Jargal Dambadarjaa, Parth Shah, me.

7th Conf. theme: “Securing Economic Growth: Legal Structures and Property Rights in Asia”
October 1-2, 2005, Phuket, Thailand.

(Day before, September 30, FNF-sponsored colloquium, “The Constitution of Liberty in Asia”, discussing Friedrich Hayek’s book, “The Constitution of Liberty”)

8th Conf. theme: “Preferential Trade Agreements: Local Solutions for Global Free Trade?”
September 12-13, 2006, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

9th Conf. theme: “Freedom of Education: A tribute to Milton Friedman”
September 3-5, 2007, New Delhi, India.

10th Conf. theme:  “Private Property Rights: The Economic Foundation of a Free Society”
September 18-19, 2008, Manila, Philippines.

11th Conf. theme:  “Overcoming the Global Financial and Economic Crisis: The Rule of Law as the Key to Economic Freedom?”
October 9-10, 2009, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

12th Conf. theme: "Migration and the Wealth of Nations"
October 6-10, 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia.

13th Conf. theme: “Competition: Engine for Prosperity”
October 10-13, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

14th Conf. theme: “How Welfare Populism Destroys Prosperity: the Populist Challenge to Economic Freedom”
November 6-7, 2012, Hong Kong.

15th Conf. theme: “Asia, the Middle Income Trap and Economic Freedom”
October 21-22, 2013, Bangkok, Thailand.

16th Conf. theme: “Liberalism: Promoting Growth, Reducing Inequality”
November 6-7, 2014, Hong Kong.

17th Conf. theme: “Economic Freedom as a Way to Happiness”
November 23-24, 2015, Thimphu, Bhutan.

18th Conf. theme: “Economic Freedom and Human Rights in Business”
November 22-23, 2016, Manila, Philippines.

There will be sort of revival of Economic Freedom Regional Meeting by FNF this coming Dec. 5-7 in Hanoi, Vietnam. For some reasons, I won't be part of it. I wish the participants and the organizers success in rekindling the ideals of individual liberty, economic freedom, individual choice in the region. The past two years of horrible dictatorial lockdowns -- mandatory closure of many businesses and public transpo, mandatory stay home, distancing and masks, mandatory vaccination or mandatory tests if one is not taking the experimental, emergency-use only vax. Free marketers, liberals and libertarians should learn to push back hard. Such global dictatorship should not happen again.

I thank the FNF for giving me travel grants to attend those past EFN Asia conferences. Thanks Hubertus, Rainer, Siggi, Jules. And thanks Pett, a real "workhorse" in EFN Secretariat work.

See also:
EFN Asia 66, Meeting 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, September 22, 2018 

EFN Asia 67, Program of Conf 2006, KL, June 01, 2018
EFN Asia 68 / API 1, Launching of API in Singapore, December 29, 2018.

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