Second Ministerial Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific

21 - 24 November 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The Second Ministerial Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific (RECI), will be co-hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), from 21 to 24 November 2017 at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok.

With a combined GDP of US$27.25 trillion that is growing rapidly, Asia-Pacific is well on its way to becoming the most important market in the world, opening possibilities for further expansion of trade and investment within the region. This could contribute to job creation, poverty reduction and the boosting of economic growth but to take advantage of such opportunities the region needs to enhance its RECI.

The conference will bring together ministerial and high-level officials as well as representatives from the private sector and academia to identify challenges and propose recommendations to enhance RECI. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss how RECI can most effectively support and contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The conference will comprise two segments: the senior officials segment from 21 to 22 November, followed by the ministerial segment on 23 to 24 November. Several events will be held on the side lines, including the regional launch of ADB’s Asian Economic Integration Report 2017, and side-events on regional transport connectivity (co-organized by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization), and the Belt and Road Initiative (co-organized by China).

What: 2nd Ministerial Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific
Where: United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Ave, Bangkok
When: 21-24 November 2017

Visit the event page for more information: http://www.unescap.org/events/reci-2017

For media enquiries please contact: Ms. Katie Elles, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, M: (66) 9481 525 36 / E: elles@un.org