Singapore: The Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) will host its next board meeting in New Delhi in October to decide on a wide range of projects for the next year, official sources has said.
   
"We want to attract the interest of Asian opinion makers and experts at the meeting to set out the foundation agenda," ASEF executive director Ambassador Michel Filhol said yesterday after hosting the 15th anniversary of the foundation which has 19 Asian country members and 27 European members under the Asia-Europe Meeting umbrella.
   
ASEF provides a platform for experts from both regions to further the objective of the projects, Filhol said.
   
In the past 15 years, ASEF has engaged more than 17,000 participants with over 550 different projects in the field of environment, economy, public health, arts and culture, education and human rights.
   
This year, ASEF's focus was on a range of initiatives in countries including Estonia, Myanmar, Netherlands and Laos, he added.
   
Yesterday, ASEF gave out awards for the Asia-Europe Short Films Contest to winners from Malaysia, Indonesia, Portugal and Italy.
   
Launched in February, the contest attracted entries from 300 young film makers from 30 countries. The 100 finalists included 12 entries from India.
   
Addressing the anniversary, Singapore's Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong applauded ASEF achievements in building people-to-people relationships between Asia and Europe, especially through its educational programmes such as university student exchanges.
   
Last year, ASEF undertook 162 programmes and projects in Asia and Europe, noted Goh, who had initiated ASEF formation along with former French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur in 1994.

(Agencies)

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